Alicia Keys Launches #NoMakeUp Movement

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This girl is on fire!

1. Alicia Keys Shows Some Skin

The Short of It:

Alicia Keys's new single "In Common," will debut with an album cover and photos that feature the musician and activist sans makeup.

The Longer Version of It:

In a recent piece called "Time to Uncover," which she penned for Lenny Letter, Alicia Keys explains the origins of her beauty insecurities, "I remember when I first started to be in the public eye. Oh my gawd! Everyone had something to say. 'She's so hard, she acts like a boy, she must be gay, she should be more feminine!' But the truth is, I was just from New York, and everyone I knew acted like that." The comments made her feel pressured to conform to a look she thought her viewers wanted. So she started using makeup as a tool to cover up newly found insecurities.

Her plunge into the #nomakeup movement started with a photo shoot. The 35-year-old 14-Grammy-award-winning singer had walked into a shoot with Vogue photographer Paola Kudacki, just after a visit from the gym when she was asked to be photographed with her makeup-free face.

"I'd just come from the gym, had a scarf under my baseball cap, and the beautiful photographer Paola (never met a Paola I didn't like) said, 'I have to shoot you right now, like this! The music is raw and real, and these photos have to be too!'" Keys wrote. "I was shocked. Instantly, I became a bit nervous and slightly uncomfortable. My face was totally raw. I had on a sweatshirt! As far as I was concerned, this was my quick run-to-the-shoot-so-I-can-get-ready look, not the actual photo-shoot look. So I asked her, 'Now?! Like right now? I want to be real, but this might be too real!!'"

A photo from Paola's shoot is now the official cover art for her single, "In Common" and has inspired the musician and activist to go barefaced in the future. For her upcoming Vanity Fair and Fault Magazine cover shoots, the singer has said she'll continue with her new au natural look.

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"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."

Alicia Keys Shows Some Skin