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.
I’m so pleased to announce that three of my poems, “Slots,” “Scraping” and “Make a Decision” have been published in Barking Sycamores Literary Magazine Issue 13. Barking Sycamores is dedicated to neurodivergent literature and its craft. I’m so honored to be a part of this project. Barking Sycamores Issue 13
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