Alicia Keys has written an earnest letter on lennyletter.com about why she chose to go make-up free for a shoot with photographer-of-the-moment, Paola Kudacki.
“I realized that during this process, I wrote a lot of songs about masks filled with metaphors about hiding. I needed these songs because I was really feeling those insecurities. I was finally uncovering just how much I censored myself, and it scared me. Who was I anyway? Did I even know HOW to be brutally honest anymore? Who I wanted to be?” she says in the letter.
Alicia later details how when Paola asked her to pose for photos before being made up by a makeup artist, she felt overwhelmed and her immediate answer was, “Now?! Like right now? I want to be real, but this might be too real!!”
However, once the shoot started, she realised that she was overcoming the obstacles she had written about in all of her songs about hiding. Alicia found the experience freeing, and it appears that she wants to start a make-up free revolution.
An image from the shoot is now being used as the artwork for Alicia’s new song In Common, and had led to a new spate of #nomakeup selfies popping up on social media.
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