Alicia Keys, Make-up, and Me

As I watched Alicia Keys on the Today show the other day, I watched her make-up less face and listened to the words that I felt were coming from a most genuine place in her heart.
Several years ago, I had a boyfriend who always called me Alicia. He said I looked like her. Although I thought she was beautiful, I couldn’t see it so I thought it was interesting that in the years that followed others said the same.
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Yes? No? I was flattered either way because I not only see her beauty, but I admire her talent (I’m differently talented though) and her authenticity.
With her make-up free movement, she is demonstrating a tremendous amount of self-love, self-confidence, and bravery. She doesn’t knock people for wearing make-up. She is simply demonstrating to girls and women everywhere that you are fine without it.
In my first book, I describe how I used make-up (applied horribly in my ignorance) to try to hide my face. To cover my acne and not to “enhance” my beauty because I didn’t feel I had any beauty to enhance. Knowing that Alicia Keys has dealt with acne too and now wears no make-up is empowering in itself.
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I like make-up and wear it on occasion, but I feel free using it to enhance the beauty that I now, as a confident, adult woman, know that I have.
In her Today Show interview, she said something that really stuck with me and epitomizes who I am today versus who I was as a girl and even just a little bit younger woman seeking the approval of others.
“Be yourself. Do what makes you feel good. Stop trying to please every damn body.”
Yep, I can do that.