Alicia Keys: Transforming beauty

By: Sabina Zofcik

Ever since Alicia Keys announced that she was going to be a judge on NBC’S The Voice, she has been brought back into the spotlight. Alicia Keys has captured the attention of so many people, especially women, as she promotes the ideals of wearing no to very minimal makeup.

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Photo Courtesy of: Alicia Keys’ Twitter

To say the least, Alicia Keys has been transforming the definition of beauty in the entertainment industry. In today’s society, make-up has become more prevalent as more people become invested into the “proper” way of wearing and applying make-up. On the contrary, Alicia Keys established her new identity on The Voice and she shows off the glow in her complexion and her perfectly imperfect eyebrows.

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Photo Courtesy of: Alicia Keys’Twitter

Celebrities are known for their glamour and fame- and with this come expensive luxuries such as make-up and make-up artists. On an average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, celebrity make-up artists make an average of 38.00 dollars an hour which is around 78,000 dollars per year. Celebrities are expected to look their best, which previously meant having their make-up done by the best in the industry. Today, the make-up industry continues to dominate, but the openness and the appreciation have been based around celebrities who have decided to show their true skin.

Alicia Keys, being one of these celebrities, has promoted a new definition of beauty as she has influenced women to become more confident in their own skin. Alicia stated that, “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.”

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Photo Courtesy of: TimeOut Magazine

Alicia Keys not only goes make-up-less for herself, but she doesn’t wear make-up to promote positivity between women. Her actions have also influenced other celebrities, such as Kim Kardashian as she attended the Balenciaga show during Paris Fashion Week.

Alicia Keys continues to get attention from how flawless she looks on The Voice. The irony comes from the fact that she is revealing all of her flaws, which is making her a flawless human being from the inside and out. Beauty has so many different definitions, but real beauty does not have a restricted meaning and Alicia Keys has given society a very impactful outlook on what she believes beauty is.

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