Alicia Keys Says She’s Sick of Society’s Shackles

Alicia Keys is sick of society's restraints, and it shows all over her face. She fully admitted on the Today show this morning that we tend to put limitations on ourselves based on society's influences. Like most of us, Keys wants her truest self to develop freely without outside expectations. In line with liberating her authentic self, Keys has stopped wearing makeup entirely.

Alicia Keys is sick of society’s restraints, and it shows all over her face. She fully admitted on the Today show this morning that we tend to put limitations on ourselves based on society’s influences. Like most of us, Keys wants her truest self to develop freely without outside expectations.

In line with liberating her authentic self, Keys has stopped wearing makeup entirely. I watched her interview on NBC’s Today; her face was bare. She had that natural sheen that comes from no powder, and her lovely facial structure stood out as the main focus of her face (rather than her eyeliner or lip color). Fascinatingly, she looks years younger without the makeup.

Keys confesses that she does love the creative and fun parts of makeup. She explained this morning, “I do love my lipgloss. I do love my blush. I love my eyeliner…I just don’t want to feel beholden.” “Not feeling beholden” is perhaps the most important part of Keys’ statement. To be beholden implies a sense of obligation or debt. The limitations society imposes on us manifest in a woman’s duty to wear makeup.

In other words, not wearing any makeup is no big deal, and wearing makeup is no ordeal, but feeling forced or coerced by society to look for flaws, to cover “flaws,” to enhance what’s not good enough can push a person to a certain path or rigid ideology that bundles makeup with beauty or confidence. Wearing makeup, like anything else, should be a choice, not a debt a woman owes to society. Thankfully, Alicia Keys reminds us that we have the power to make our own choices regarding makeup, even if it doesn’t feel like it.

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