Alicia Keys took to Twitter today to clarify herself after a controversial appearance with no makeup at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards last night. While inspiring some others took offence to it. Read more below.
The Grammy-winning mother of two honored Martin Luther King Jr. and spoke about equality while presenting Best Male Video to Calvin Harris. Having had enough from twitter land, Alicia felt the need to set the record straight saying “Y’all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn’t mean I’m anti-makeup. Do you!” punctuating the sentiment with a couple of kiss-blowing emojis and a makeup-free selfie.
Some people took offence with the fact that she didn’t wear makeup to the VMAs. Although it was pretty obvious the songstress had no makeup on she hasn’t however said she was giving up skincare, just the stuff that covers it and we don’t think that anybody’s business really. Sadly in today’s world, celebs get criticized for everything including not wearing makeup.
But Keys’ look shouldn’t have come as a surprise. She was already at the forefront of the #NoMakeup movement this summer, announcing that she wouldn’t be wearing makeup, not just in her daily private life or even during live shows, but on The Voice. On TV! Where even the men wear makeup! E!
She went makeup-free at the Democratic National Convention, at the BET Awards, in the September issue of Ebony, on the cover of Grazia. On all the promotional materials for The Voice. She made a decision and she’s been sticking to it, while inspiring others to dare to go bare in the process. E!
“I hope to God it’s a revolution. ‘Cause I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing,” Keys wrote in an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter in May, expounding on the various kinds of masks we wear for fear of not being accepted.
She talked about one of her new songs, “When a Girl Can’t Be Herself,” quoting “Who says I must conceal what I’m made of / Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem.”