Alicia Keys no make up movement is more than empowering but is also all encompassing into the depths of what some women truly desire, which is the desire to just be FREE. A freedom that many women are not feeling because of the constant bondage to societal norm of beauty. However, to see that Alicia Keys has made a step to free her own self in hopes to also inspire women that may feel the same , still gives hope to women who feel lost and chained.
Alicia Keys started her no make up movement after a essay she wrote on Lenny Letter that explains her personal reasoning’s behind her going makeup free.
In this article Alicia Keys speaks truth such as
“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. ”
There are many powerful statements that she states that shine light into exactly what some women are facing every single day within themselves or society.
Woman should see that the beauty that we possess is far more than anything money can buy, yet we simplify the inside beauty to amplify what the outside world seems to tell us is beauty. Beauty standards are ever evolving and have become harsher on woman than ever before. Each year it seems as though society is creating yet another requirement to reach a bench mark of beauty. This standard is causing some women to question just how beautiful they truly are.
There are several factors that I have taken away from the Alicia Keys no makeup movement. These factors are aspects that speak to some of the perceptions of women through their own eyes as well as the eyes of society.
What Alicia Keys No Makeup Movement Tells Us About Women
1. We are constantly pressured with standards from the world around us
As women we have judgment, and standards constantly pressuring us on our beauty. We are told that beauty looks one certain way, with the most common being skinny with long hair, nice teeth, and pretty eyes. From media angles, to celebrities, and commercial advertisements, they all end up feeding off of our insecurities. The insecurities in which we posses because of these standards of perfection that we can never obtain.
2. A lot of women feel like they need to change who they are to fit in
This society makes billions of dollars in the beauty industry trying to sell us the perfect look. According to this post on chemist corner the beauty industry brings in 170 Billion Dollars a year. This number is not including the amount of money women spend on cosmetic surgery every year. Some women feel like they have to change everything about them to fit in. They go to drastic measures to perceive to be perfect but never truly being satisfied. An example of this could be Lil Kim who completely changed her face and hair to be similar to the ideal image. When truly Lil Kim was already beautiful in the beginning. It’s crazy how we will sacrifice our own identity for the approval of others.
(usmagazine article on Lil Kim ))
3. No matter what women decide to do there is criticism
The world and others are never satisfied, and are constantly criticizing women no matter what it is that we do. Whether its make up or no make up, plus size or skinny, black or white, short hair or long hair, the list goes on and on. People are never going to be happy and they are always going to have something to say no matter what it is that we do.
Alicia Keys says it perfectly,
“I was finally uncovering just how much I censored myself, and it scared me. Who was I anyway? Did I even know HOW to be brutally honest anymore? Who I wanted to be?
I didn’t know the answers exactly, but I desperately wanted to.
In one song I wrote, called “When a Girl Can’t Be Herself,” it says,
In the morning from the minute that I wake up / What if I don’t want to put on all that makeup / Who says I must conceal what I’m made of / Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem
No disrespect to Maybelline, the word just worked after the maybe. But the truth is … I was really starting to feel like that — that, as I am, I was not good enough for the world to see.
This started manifesting on many levels, and it was not healthy.
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.”
4. You are good enough
Remembering to be who you are is the most important thing that you could do. Remembering that who you are is good enough because we are all created to be unique and not duplicated. You should feel beautiful with or without makeup, and know that your worth is not wrapped up in our outside but what are worth is inside. You are good enough to look the way you want to look, talk the way you want to talk to, be who it is YOU want to be and not what the world tries to tell you what you should be.
5. Its empowering to take a stand
Taking a stand to fight for what you believe in is empowering. Sometimes we have to take the stand alone, because other people may not believe in it at first. However just because someone else doesn’t believe in what your doing in the moment doesn’t mean you let that stop you from believing in what you want to believe in. Let the empowerment come from the differences not the similarities.
6.Should support one another no matter what type of women
If we as woman supported and uplifted one another the world couldn’t use our weaknesses so much against us because we are together within our strengths. If we spend our energy building each other up instead of tearing each other down, women would be a force to reckon with lol.
7. There is no such thing as perfection
Once we truly come to grips that no matter what it is that we try to do we will never be perfect, we will be able to love exactly who it is we are. Once we realize that perfection is unattainable we can actually begin to enjoy every moment that we live in flaws and all.
8. We shouldn’t let outside things control how we view ourselves
We should be able to feel great about our own self worth without feeling like we must seek validation in other things or peoples opinions. We are the only one who can ultimately control how we feel about ourselves.
Comment and tell how you feel beautiful or empowered?