Alicia Keys is advocating for gender equality on all fronts. The singer shares her disapproval of social expectations that call for women to take a back seat to men who are required to show zero emotion in public with Allure.
“I was so sick of the way women were forced to feel inadequate in many different circumstances or forced to feel insecure by the way we’re portrayed or the way we look,” Alicia says of the inspiration behind writing songs for her new album, Here. She also touches on the social bias that prohibits boys from fully expressing themselves.
“I am so annoyed at the way we force boys to be fake strong — don’t cry, don’t be soft. Let a boy be able to dance,” Keys exclaims. “Let a boy paint his nails. So a boy wants to paint his nails. Who cares! All these strange, oppressive ideas.”
Speaking of ridding oneself of oppressive ideas, Alicia Keys has been going makeup-less these past few weeks. “I think makeup can be self-expression,” she says. “I have no intention to shame anyone at all [who chooses to wear it]. No one should be ashamed by the way you choose to express yourself. And that’s exactly the point.”
Alicia Keys released her sixth studio album on November 4, 2016. The project includes the famed single ‘Blended Family,’ which talks about Alicia and her stepson’s mother Mashonda Tifrere’s journey to peace after tumultuous relations in the beginning. Alicia Keys is the proud mom of sons Genesis and Egypt Dean.
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