Alicia Keys has been inspiring us all for over a decade now. From her debut album, Songs In A Minor, in 2001 to rocking those FLAWLESS braids while slaying our lives with her incredible talent.
But now she’s ready to inspire another movement. In a piece titled, Time To Uncover, which she wrote for Lena Dunham’s site, The Lenny Letter, Alicia Keys discusses the pressures on women and girls to be perfect and the harsh, judgmental world of entertainment.
In the article, Alicia shares:
I’m learning to try and let go of the word “perfection”. It’s not real and it’s a word that tears us down. There is no way to be perfect and no fun in being perfect. You can’t be happy unless you let yourself be vulnerable and make mistakes because we’re always evolving. No one knows it all and I damn sure don’t know it all!
I force myself to look in the mirror and own who I am and to own MY beautiful. So what that I have breakouts or so what that my knees are pudgy, there simply is no perfect. Once I can teach myself that there is no perfect and that I am meant to have my FAULTS, that is when I become beautiful.”
She also discusses her decision to talk about women’s issues on her new album, especially women of colour:
I just feel women are the most magnificent species. We are the creators and closest to God. There’s so much to learn about what women go through and what women of colour go through and what womanhood just puts on you.
There’s so much to face and learn, so much still to be respected and so much equality still being withheld. The desire to talk about it and discuss the inequality is there, and it’s definitely a theme for me and I have a desire to talk about it on this album and just go further. I just can’t wait for people to hear it.”
In the video for her lead single, In Common (off her upcoming 6th album), she sports a fresh-faced, minimal makeup look, but that’s not all.