More and more celebrities have been flaunting their natural beauty and embracing imperfections with makeup-free selfies. The newest member of this #nomakeup crew is 15-time Grammy-winning artist Alicia Keys. And the reason she's no longer hiding is so damn inspiring.
In a recent Lenny Letter post, the 35-year-old talked about the insecurities and pressures she and all women have felt since a young age. We strive to achieve perfection by covering up our imperfections, which Alicia described as "hiding a piece of who you are in order to fit into a picture." She also mentions that moment many of us experienced — when you compared yourself to those "pretty" girls in middle school who seemed to just have the whole makeup thing down. But those comparisons don't stop there.
Alicia says that she was seen as masculine and too tough when she first started out in the industry and has been conforming to the public's standards ever since. But shooting her new album cover was the definitive moment that made her feel empowered enough to accept herself, flaws and all. Keep scrolling for more quotes that explain her breakthrough.