Alicia Keys has been noted in recent media for bravely leaving the house without makeup. Although I think it’s a bit sad that that’s seen as something notable and only something a ‘brave’ woman would do, I do think it raises an important discussion about the world in which we live and the messages we send the youth of today.
There’s no doubt that Alicia Keys is an empowered, inspirational, hard-working woman that serves as a wonderful role-model, but that fact shouldn’t have anything to do with whether or not she decides to put makeup on her face before leaving the house. A woman shouldn’t be made to feel ugly if she chooses not to wear makeup and at the same time, she shouldn’t be made to feel as though she’s only pretty if she does wear makeup.
I honestly believe that your natural beauty should shine through, with makeup or without, woman or man (or anything in between). You are beautiful when you’re being true to yourself and as a self-proclaimed beauty lover, I can honestly say that it isn’t just about makeup.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below: What makes you feel empowered?
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