Alicia Keys

15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys hopes her freckles will inspire other mixed race and biracial women to ditch their concealer and foundation.

The 35-year-old mother-of-2 has gone makeup-free in recent weeks to embrace her freckles and other facial imperfections.

“I was finally uncovering just how much I censored myself, and it scared me,” Keys told the NY Post’s Page Six. “Who was I anyway? Did I even know HOW to be brutally honest anymore? Who I wanted to be?”

Keys said her natural look came about by accident after years of hiding her beauty under makeup.

She said she arrived on the set for a photo shoot, fresh from the gym. She was wearing a scarf and a ball cap, when photographer Paola Kudacki saw her heading to the makeup table.

“I have to shoot you right now, like this!” Keys said Kudacki told her. “This music is raw and real, and these photos have to be too!”

Keys was stunned by the reaction to her natural freckles. She said the makeup-free trend inspired her to write a new song called “When a Girl Can’t Be Herself.”

“It was the strongest, most empowered, most free, and honestly beautiful that I have ever felt,” Keys said. “I felt powerful because my initial intentions realized themselves. My desire to listen to myself, to tear down the walls I built over all those years, to be full of purpose, and to be myself!”

Her husband, musician Swizz Beatz posted her makeup-free photo from the shoot on Instagram.com. He paid his wife the ultimate comment, telling her she looked 16 (he later changed the age to 19).

“I hope to God it’s a revolution,” Keys said. “‘Cause I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.”

Congratulations to Alicia! The rest of us who have gone makeup-free all our lives welcome her with open arms!

Hopefully Alicia’s courage will inspire all black women to embrace their natural beauty and throw away their makeup kits.



  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    telling her she looked 16 (he later changed the age to 19).

    —-
    Lmao I don’t believe u *falls out*

  • SpillyNillie

    She does look mighty young in the photo on the right. Ain’t nuttin wrong with a lil fresh face…

  • Auditor

    Never wore makeup and never will….makes me feel dirty. Nan freckle on my face cause I’m a negra…
    More power to her cause if I had splotches like that I’d cover up too…

  • nucynu25

    Why celebs gotta be so extra .
    Yo pretty ass went one day without makeup & now you want to start a movement …?

  • Buttercup

    Black folks have freckles too.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    I’ve NEVER worn makeup. EVER. But go on head and start the revolution. Good for you A. Keys.

  • nucynu25

    What Butter said ..I think her freckles are beautiful

  • Auditor

    A REAL negra then lol…

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    “telling her she looked 16 (he later changed the age to 19).”

    I laughed my arse off when he did that. Social media man…Folks was calling him a pedo n chyt so he changed it?

  • Buttercup

    If you say so

  • PettyEyezPrime

    We basically >>>>>>here<<<<<<<

  • Auditor

    Thank you…guess this her gig just like yonce…

  • Emily post

    Didn’t she get a nose job though? So umm I dont get it. I think she is beautiful but why does it matter. Her looks are for her husband her music is for her fans.

  • Auditor

    Lol

  • Auditor

    Me neither

  • Auditor

    Yes she did get one

  • Milani

    I guess…whatever makes you feel good, I suppose Alicia.

  • PettyEyezPrime

    I don’t have nan freckle but know Black folk that do and wear them proudly everyday. We bout to have a freckle movement. These THOTS bout to get the Sharpie and go to WORK!??

  • Buttercup

    LOL. Many of my siblings do. I have beauty marks and moles. I feel like a new one pops up each month. That reminds me, it’s time for my full body exam with the dermatologist.

  • jazmine

    I hope they don’t just because she so damn annoying

  • zeta4life

    Hey ManDickO…ajust glasses. …my bad. ..ADINGO. ..LMAO! !!!

    I wanna jump in your lap but is today a Tuck day. ..or since its hot let it swang. ..either way. ..Catch me. ..lol

    Hey sweetums! !!!..

  • PettyEyezPrime

    I want to be like YAY, GO ON GIRL, YOU GO GIRL, but instead I’m unmoved because ion wear makeup no way. I support those that do and I’m not saying I won’t. Just be happy PERIOD. Makeup or not. SHEESH?

  • zeta4life

    Heeeeeyyyy! !!

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    ???? hi?

  • Auditor

    Hey lady!

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    As long as she doesn’t start singing ….I’m good :coffee:

  • PettyEyezPrime

    This me. PEP7 points them out.

  • CookieMobster

    I ? freckles!!

  • Auditor

    I like her new song…

  • Hater

    She forgot to mention, that back inna days she used to have «bad skin» with acne and stuff….. believe therefore they used to cover/make her up – still pretty, love the freckles!

  • Buttercup

    It. Sounds. Like. Her. Vocal. Cords. Are. On. Fiiiiiiiiire.

  • iyonah

    Didn’t realize cosmetic use was this deep. However, I’m here for the messages that suggest we live freely in our most natural state.

  • Auditor

    Yes she did…wasn’t she on proactive?

  • Hater

    I believe so!

  • Buttercup

    I always think it’s a piece of lint or something, so I try to flick it away. My skin burns super easily, so I have to be sure to get them checked. Ain’t nobody got time for skin cancer!

  • Soda

    I never learned to apply it when I was younger and now YouTubers make it look so time consuming. My face, like my hair is wash n go.

  • zeta4life

    No make up here either. ..love my fresh face. …just love lipststanks and eye shadows. …full face…in as natural as I can get is a VERY SPECIAL OCCASIONS. ..maybe 3 times a year

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    chile …..

  • MissHarlem

    New post

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    that damn song makes me cringe Butter *cries out loud*

  • zeta4life

    Millllllyyyyyyy!!!!!….hey beauty! !!!

  • zeta4life

    SINGING OFF KEY

    OOOOBBBAAMA ON. FIII-YYAAHHH! !!!!

    All that damn hollering. ..lol

  • Hater

    wowsers…. thats a methamorphosis of a kind….

  • Soda

    I have freckles across my nose. Well, I think they’re freckles, they may actually be sleeping moles, which I have everywhere.

  • zeta4life

    Yes. ..her and puffy. ..with that bad skin. …I didn’t like proactive. ..
    But to each…

  • zeta4life

    Morris Day…LOVE THEM!!!!

  • Satin Panther

    It’s nice to see she had the acne problem fixed, her skin was looking like brail for a minute

  • Auditor

    Lol! I must a totally missed puffy! But nope burnt my face…

  • zeta4life

    Z21 too. ..

  • Auditor

    Nope just Vaseline for the lips for me…might use clear mascara but ain’t used that in years either. I just can’t…

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    some of these heffers have to stay beat chile 🙁 Its too hot for all of that. Lashes and lip gloss in this ATL heat :coffee:

  • Auditor

    That too…I don’t have time nor patience. My sis says I got retarded hands…so there you go.

  • Hater

    I’m saying tho, and all that contouring business, fake lashes and all, dang!

  • Auditor

    Moles and freckles different

  • zeta4life

    Well damn. …LMAO. ..u sey she had dots and lil lines on da skin

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    I was with you til the lashes :chase: I like my lashes hun lmao

  • zeta4life

    I love the shea butter vaseline! !!!.. Put it on my lips at night. ..and the pink one. ..in the lil bitty jars

  • Soda

    Whatever they are, they make me beautiful in every single way and words can’t bring me down—so don’t you bring me down today!

  • zeta4life

    Since I wear eye lash extensions havent used mascara in 6yrs. .

  • Hater

    Extensions or glue-on? lol
    Love ’em too, yet cant really wear them cause of my contacts…. I’d rather the extension (single ones)

  • PettyEyezPrime

    I’m at risk. Higher. I had sun poisoning ?whole body peeled like a snake. Was sick and everything. I get checked and I’m shook. FUKC CANCER! Ain’t nobody got time for that.

  • zeta4life

    MY LASHES IS MINK. ..LOL. ..but the other stuff I can’t deal. …

    Cues. .india arie

    “every freckle in my face is where its pose to be”..booty shakin’

  • zeta4life

    Love my extensions. …so worth what I pay

  • Hater

    Love, love frecks!
    Wish I had more!

  • PettyEyezPrime

    Never wore lipstick or eye shadow. Tried for 20 minutes and had to wipe it off. Thine ?are sensitive.

  • Hater

    Love them when I had them, but kinda messed up my naturals….

  • zeta4life

    Me too! !!!!!..dimples and freckles. ..my face fetish on a male or female

  • PhillyLala

    Yass! #teamfreckles I love mine…stopped wearing foundation years ago. I am mixed, but fyi non biracial people have freckles too…

  • zeta4life

    After chemo. ..all my lashes left me for dead…

  • Orchidjones

    Alicia being real extra right now…Swizz can have 9 seats. I Live for a freckled speckled mate, but it is not a mixed or white thing. Even Jamie Foxx has freckles. Come one keys with that.

  • zeta4life

    Lol…hey beautiful. ..

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Blame the trannies for that mess.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Hey, girl. ?

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    I wear individuals but I have to wear them because I hate mascara

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    I spoke to you earlier :chase: :shotsfired: :hugs:

  • PhillyLala

    Heyyy lol

  • zeta4life

    I spoke love.!!!!…:kiss:

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    oh :kona:

  • zeta4life

    Nose in it!!!!!

  • GubmentCheeze

    Alicia does look young in those pics. I love me a freckle face red head man. BFF says I have a Ginger fetish LOL

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

  • Mystery User

    I have freckles as well and I’m a good 3 shades darker than that girl…

  • kekeb

    She’s beautiful

  • Mystery User

    Braille

  • Mystery User

    some people need makeup. Some people need to eat the makeup

  • Hater

    so true!

  • Milani

    Hey Zeta!!!!

  • kekeb

    Ciara (Future BM, Russell Wilson’s fiancé) has freckles. . . Both her parents are black. A black girl I went to elementary school with has freckles. . .

  • Torae

    Real people walk around everyday without makeup..want a cookie?

  • iyonah

    Hey Auntie… Hope your good 🙂

  • DJ

    Neither did I. If a woman does not want to wear makeup, that’s cool. If a woman does wear it; that’s fine. Since when is wearing it makes a woman “fake” or “unnatural?”

  • Kilroy

    If Alicia was my lady I’d spend the rest of our lives lost cling those freckles off.?

  • Loyal Lifestyle

    I have freckles and both of my parents are black and native American. I love my spots…lol!

  • Mystery User

    Neither did I it was very drying… I had shoulder and back acne and used it for that.
    As of recently it’s back – this time hormones. I use a lot of Cetaphil, Lemon peel off mask, black soap and tea tree oil. Some of it I just cannot control – Because of this, I’m going to severely alter my diet, since food is medicine – I’m eliminating a lot of poison out of my diet.
    F*ck cancer, soror – glad you are over it!

  • Mystery User

    I wonder about these women who feel empowered in moments like this.
    I’m sorry but I don’t feel empowered when I have a messy hair day or I don’t wear a bra or someone complements me on my bare skin.
    I’m not happy go lucky when I get my period and use an ultra slim tampon with a plastic applicator. I’m not eager to trim my pubes to the shape of a heart with my new lubricated lavender scented razor.
    The chick at the nail shop is heavy handed when I get my mani/pedi, heels and jeans are sometimes uncomfortable and I feel like a piece of meat when I wear a bandage dress.
    WTF is this empowerment these broads be talking about?

  • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

    My fave fresh faced girls Jordan Sparks and Ciara been doing it for years. Totally coming out in public with little to no makeup regularly. I love it. I don’t fault anyone for wearing makeup though. I wear it myself. But I’m not for totally having to hide your real self at all times in public like we have to be perfect to be accepted.

  • Mystery User

    she cute…

  • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

    I was actually thinking that some or all of the freckles may actually be acne scars. In which case, they healed into a nice color for her skin. Interestingly the “freckles” are not there in the pic on the left. My guess is that both pics had perfect professional lighting and lovely model quality retouching.

  • Monday

    I look 24 without make-up… I was told even younger…. And I fell of the calendar a long time ago

  • UMHUH

    you are soooo right! WOW….what happens when her dude see’s her “real” face-if she doesn’t like to look at it and we are emotional creatures as women….what must the visual creature as men REALLY think. They cut a fool at the barbershop (I wear my hair short and am there every Saturday) they cut a fool making fun of even their own women-if she only knew (how bald she is under the hair or how bad her skin is). Mom’s always said baby you can’t create “pretty” it is or it is not. Like Bey says “I woke up like this” it didn’t take two hours to get this way because my skin is flawless. It just seems like a bad knock off bag, once you check the fine detailing or lack thereof-you would rather a “real” one. JMHO

  • thehumble1

    well you know she mixed.

  • Brownie

    My grandmomma and her momma

  • ?E?E?M?A

    If she don’t take her confused mulatto azz somewhere and sit down. The whites won’t claim her and she can’t relate to the blacks so go somewhere.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Lol

  • morenYAHdelsur

    She does look much younger and I agree with her. It’s about time we kept it REAL *side eye Nicki Minaj* All women should find their beauty in being confident. That’s sexy as hell!

  • barbeez

    Hell no, I’m not throwing my makeup away. I wear light makeup on a day to day basis. I’ll go heavier for evening looks. I hate freckles but good for her if she likes that look.

  • JennyJazzhands

    She has always struck me as insecure. Perhaps this will help her in some way.
    I’m very dark and have freckles across my cheeks. I wear makeup most days but not so much that the freckles are covered.
    Her issue is not with makeup, it’s with her self esteem. She should be just as comfortable with herself with or without.

  • That’s Interesting

    Why would she come to a photo shoot fresh from the gym…that’s actually nasty. I’ve never found her impressive…look wise or music wise. She’s blah.

  • JennyJazzhands

    *gathers purse to come sit by you*

  • JennyJazzhands

    *gathers purse to come sit by you*

  • PettyEyezPrime

    MY LASHES IS MINK
    *****
    I keep hearing about this. I may have to join the movement.

  • Wayup!

    Freckles<Blackheads…..hmmmm ?

  • Tammy GILBERT

    can”t get passed her bout some thing all woman crap with her but she did the worst thing that you could do to another woman.ooooh well

  • Wayup!

    ??

  • Empress

    me teeew. I love my beauty marks. I got one right in the third eye spot. I have never worn make-up, partly because I’m usually allergic and I have a friend who gets her foundation on everything, I love her, but her “foundation” hugs drive me crazy. I’m like what is this on my earring, “Oh girl that’s just a little foundation, don’t trip” Hmmph, she never trip her azz to buy me some new African fabric earrings. That foundation won’t stay on her face but I can’t get it off my earrings. Oh well…

  • Empress

    You speak for me! I refuse to listen to her yell.

  • Satin Panther

    You still knew what I meant. This isn’t English class

  • Wayup!

    Yeah like Lauren Hill and Erykah Badu =hypocrites

  • Satin Panther

    I agree

  • SoChlo

    I recently stopped wearing concealer/foundation etc and it feels so good! My face looks better than it has in years and I actually look in the mirror and feel like I look good without makeup. It took 30 years to “come into my own” as my mother would say.

  • jazmine

    Fake ho

  • Desi

    ???? A sharpie!!! That shyt waz hilarious!!!!

  • Dem Moore

    Girl bye

  • Bama251

    So do I , I married one ?

  • BlueCandy

    She’s does NOTHING for me, nor does her music now. Everytime I see her face, I think Ewww. All that WOMAN POWER ish I bought from her over the years only to reveal herself to be a weak cunt.

  • yelpforhelp

    I LOVE HER FRECKLES!!!!!

  • yelpforhelp

    I wish somebody spread a rumor that freckles ran in multi colors-I could say it serious like so I can laugh at some dumb ass trying to be different.

  • yelpforhelp

    Is your name butter for a reason and is you ain’t using NONE of your SPF.

  • yelpforhelp

    What is a sleeping mole? Please tell me, I’ve never heard of it.

  • yelpforhelp

    …….but them hoez been trying to get the freckle movement going.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Didn’t Maya Rudolph start the freckle movement for biracial women?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Didn’t Maya Rudolph start the freckle movement for biracial women?

  • http://totallifechanges.com/PurTEA VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Do you have to be white, mixed race, or biracial to have freckles? ???

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Yes. There are no Africans with freckles.

  • Lakie O’Sean Rivers

    She looks cute though! I have freckles and can’t stand em, but I don’t wear makeup. I love the natural look.

  • http://totallifechanges.com/PurTEA VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    I have freckles that’s why I’m asking….my daughter and grandson do too. My assumption is that they got them from me. My grandson is cocoa brown. I know mine are from my Scottish-Welch side of the family. I guess know they can be passed on down the line….

  • Goddess™

    “Fell off the calendar”…that is soooo cute! I like that !!! ????
    I fell off the calendar 11 years ago myself.?? Go “us”!????

  • Keri

    He looks basic. Us regular people actually look better

  • PEEKABOO

    Im not totally convinced that all those marks on her face are freckles. Some of those look like old acne scars from her “Songs in a minor” days. She said it just takes 3 steps #proactiv

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    I’d let this Dyke eat the box ALL night.

  • Amel

    Her freckles are cute.

  • Amel

    Her freckles are cute.

  • Buttercup

    No, I have a caramel complexion. I use sunscreen, but I still end up burning. I use SPF 50 and apply every 30 minutes and each time I come out of the water. I still end up being a lobster on beach vacations though.

  • Ro

    shes beautiful regardless!

  • Ro

    shes beautiful regardless!

  • Guess Who

    She looks great without makeup. LIKE A WOMAN. No contouring, lip liner and leggo sized eyebrows necessary.

  • KcoolMuziq

    A lot of women aren’t fortunate enough to look like Alicia does without makeup…

  • Blue

    At first I thought this was another unclockable post. Alicia is pretty though.

  • http://suzar.com/BOTW/BOTW-ch1d-pages7-8.html Staci Elle

    lol aww there are a lot of freckled faces in my family- me included. But we are light skinned. But I have seen a few brown folks with freckles.. its cute!

  • BLACK LOVE

    I love freckles and just in case humans forgot in real life there aren’t any filters to turn on…nothing wrong with a lil make up every now and then to accent beauty these chicken heads are out of control…they rather wear waist trainers and body shapers than work out they rather pile on make up then take care of their skin and they would rather buy another’s hair than to live with theirs

  • bemetoo

    I remember when she first came out and she had a bumpy rumpy face

  • C0rTnEy

    You can have freckles without being biracial or mixed race auntie!

  • ViolettaBliss

    I wonder if she regrets that nose job she got?