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Take an Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Look at Alicia Keys' Makeup-Free 'Allure' Cover

Here’s what she actually thinks about wearing makeup.

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Take an Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Look at Alicia Keys' Makeup-Free 'Allure' Cover

Here’s what she actually thinks about wearing makeup.

Alicia Keys is on Allure’s 2017 February cover and she reveals what her real sentiments about makeup are. She sums it up:

“I’m not a slave to makeup. I’m not a slave to not wearing makeup either. I get to choose at [any] given moment. That’s my right.”

Earlier in 2016 she penned an essay about the need to stop hiding behind insecurities and also wrote a song “When a Girl Can’t Be Herself”: “Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem.”

But the 15-time Grammy winner said people read too much into her decision to stop wearing makeup, including on The Voice. But it wasn’t a radical act nor is she anti-makeup – it’s about choice.

“I think makeup can be self-expression. I have no intention to shame anyone at all [who chooses to wear it]. No one should be ashamed by the way you choose to express yourself. I am all about a woman’s right to choose. Whatever mode of expression that empowers you, that’s what you should do. What I am not down for is this ridiculously high, unrealistic expectation about appearance that we as women are held to.

Watch the behind the scenes clip above and read the whole interview here.

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