I woke up the other day to hundreds of articles and trending topics on Alicia Keys. In case you hadn’t heard, she attended an awards show without wearing makeup. I thought to myself, this is great! This is exactly the message I am trying to spread, being comfortable as yourself, whatever that may be. Her beautiful, bare face was the result of a personal decision recently to go more natural and makeup free.
I continued reading and unfortunately, they were all negative. With every article I read about the musician attending the MTV Video Music Awards without putting on makeup, the more it convinced me that this really is a problem. It’s a problem when someone who has decided how she feels most comfortable, is then judged and scrutinized for it. Alicia Keys making the decision to go without wearing makeup should not turn everyone’s heads in disbelief. This is a supremely confident, beautiful and strong woman, who definitely doesn’t need makeup to define herself.
The biggest thing to take away from this is to #BeYourself and as Alicia Keys tweeted out after, “do you”! Don’t let the judgements and stereotypes get to you. If you are comfortable wearing no makeup, or don’t want to step outside with it, it shouldn’t matter to others. We live in a world of constant judgement and the digital age we’re in doesn’t seem to be helping. Looking forward, I’m reassured by the relevancy of my research topic and future campaign. It is very exciting to know that Makeup affects so many people in so many different ways.