#NoMakeUp becomes the part of the conversation in a big way as Swizz Beats (Alicia Keys’ husband and super producer) posted a photo of his wife from a very raw and honest photoshoot for her new album with photographer Paola Kudacki. “I hope to God it’s a revolution,” Keys added. “‘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.”
From her essay, “Time to Uncover”, Keys writes,
Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I 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. One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women. The constant stereotyping through every medium that makes us feel like being a normal size is not normal, and heaven forbid if you’re plus-size. Or the constant message that being sexy means being naked.
All of it is so frustrating and so freakin’ impossible.