Alicia Keys VMAs 2016: The Singer Responds to Critics Blasting Her for Wearing No Makeup
Proving that most celebrities really are damned if they do and damned if they don't, Alicia Keys faced intense public scrutiny after appearing makeup-free at Sunday's 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Since publishing a personal essay in Lenny Letter earlier this year, which chronicled her own insecurities about her appearance and the pressure young girls feel to be "perfect," the 15-time Grammy winner has committed to not wearing makeup in public. She kept to her word at the MTV awards show and, to be honest, looked positively radiant.
However, plenty of Twitter users were left unimpressed by her decision to go bare-faced and wanted to be sure the world knew it. Some said they found her decision to go makeup-less "annoying" and "imaginary." Others detailed the specific makeup they would apply to her face were they given the chance. Even more accused her of being "fake" and said she looked "haggard."
Among all the negativity, though, plenty of others voiced their support for the singer and her decision to wear or not wear whatever makeup she chooses.
— jurnee smollett (@jurneesmollett) August 29, 2016
Alicia Keys out here showing women how beautiful they can be naturally with NO MAKE UP at the VMA's. Yes Queen! Yes
— Roclie Nell (@RoclieNell) August 29, 2016
Isn't Alicia Keys beautiful - no makeup.needed
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 29, 2016
sis @aliciakeys so inspiring
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) August 29, 2016
I think Alicia keys is beautiful and she is even more beautiful to be in the public eye and be BARE I love it
— Anaya Roderick (@AnayaRoderick) August 29, 2016
And ultimately, Keys herself had the final word, posting a photo in direct response to the critics.
Y'all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn't mean I'm anti-makeup. Do you! pic.twitter.com/Mg0Ug9YA9q
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) August 29, 2016
Of course, we'd all like to live in a society where a woman's decision to go makeup-free at a public event should not be a dominating pop culture topic, but, sadly, that is not the world we live in. And although we think she looked gorgeous on the red carpet, Keys' decision to go bare-faced shouldn't be heralded as "shocking" or "brave." Instead, we hope her choice will contribute to a greater goal and help shift the conversation to where we'd all like it to be: Accepting people for however they choose to present themselves. Until then, women can go makeup-free or not. As Keys put it best, "Do you!"
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