Alicia Keys is readying the release of her sixth studio album, and as she debuted the lead single for the LP – “In Common” – she also unveiled a makeup free photo as the song’s artwork.
In an essay for Lenny Letter, she shares that the #nomakeup movement serves as inspiration for her new LP. She says that before hitting the studio to cook up new music for the album, she wrote a list of things she was sick of.
“And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect,” explains the songstress.
Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn’t put on makeup: What if someone wanted a picture?? What if they POSTED it??? These were the insecure, superficial, but honest thoughts I was thinking. And all of it, one way or another, was based too much on what other people thought of me.
Alicia reveals that once the photo she took with Paola came out as the artwork for her new song “In Common” – “It was that truth that resonated with others who posted #nomakeup selfies in response to this real and raw me.”
“I hope to God it’s a revolution,” she adds. “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.”
Additionally.. A. Keys is a fresh-faced beauty in a snapshot her husband, Swizz Beatz, shared from her Vanity Fair photoshoot. “You look 19 without make up,” he captioned the photo. “My fav pic #vanityfair.. the fact that this is a new pic.”
Read Alicia’s full essay at Lenny Letter, to find out what she shared about a song she wrote, entitled “When a Girl Can’t Be Herself,” how her makeup free shoot with Paolo came about and more.