Alicia Keys is taking her makeup-free crusade to the pages of V magazine.
The au naturel singer graces the cover of V’s Star Power issue where she opens up about her new album “Here” and the many hardships of being a woman.
“I think that it’s definitely tricky being a woman. You go to work, and it’s like, if you don’t put on makeup that day people say, ‘Oh, you look so tired!’,” she tells the magazine. “It’s not only the entertainment industry, it’s not only the film industry, it’s not only the fashion industry, it’s not only every job that anyone works at or every magazine that everyone has read, it’s a collective consciousness.”
She continues, emphasizing the importance of inner beauty: “There’s nothing you could do to take away this unbelievably innate beauty that lives inside of you as a woman because we are the most spectacular creatures that were ever created.”
The R&B singer said “goodbye” to makeup this year as she embarked on her album’s promo tour, and with it, the star has drawn both criticism and praise for rejecting the music industry’s expectations of beauty.
“The most incredible thing is that all women are beautiful,” Keys adds.
Keys makes her official comeback to music this Friday when her new album “Here” debuts.