Alicia Keys’ No Make-Up Movement

by Korrien Hopkins

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Alicia Keys is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and actress. The Girl on Fire singer has been generously blessing our souls with her soulful realness and insanely amazing vocal and pianist skills since the early 2000s. Today, you can find her bare faced and beautiful. Alicia Keys is helping to spread the “No Makeup Movement” to encourage young women to feel comfortable in their own skin.  She launched this campaign late last year. She wrote in her Lenny Letter essay,

“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.”

She has been spreading the word of her campaign on NBC’s hit show The Voice, where she is a coach. She has been hitting the red carpets flaunting her radiant glow of self-love and acceptance. She makes It very clear that she doesn’t want her message to be confused with her being anti make-up. Of course, not everyone is as accepting of themselves or by society. Alicia Keys is a lighter complexion black female displaying fairly European features that are praised in this white-washed society. And of course, unlike her, not every woman has access to high end facial products and dermatologist she may use. Even without being accepted by society, or having perfectly clear skin it is important that women love and accept themselves unapologetically.

Those with minor skin conditions have many small things that can be done to help alleviate skin issues, which can in turn boost your confidence and overall health of your skin. Alicia Keys said that eliminating dairy from her diet contributed to her acne-free skin. I am a witness to this first hand. On my journey to veganism, I slowly eliminated dairy from my diet and saw drastic changes. Also drinking tons of water has helped. As women, we are pressured to look a certain way all the time and from experience, I know how frustrating it is to get asked, “Are you sick?” and hearing, “You look really tired” (which I may be, since I’m a college student and all) on the day I decided not to wear makeup.

Alicia Keys proves women can skip the make-up, whether its to enjoy those few extra minutes in bed, or to let their skin breathe. I love makeup, I literally get to paint my face and I thoroughly enjoy it. On days I feel down, doing my makeup helps lift my spirits because, in my opinion, any form of art heals. Alicia Keys’ no makeup movement has helped me to embrace my natural beauty. Its easy to use this movement to compare to your bare face to others, but that does more hurt than harm. Highlight and contour should not be a requirement to feel beautiful. So, I salute those who join the movement if even for a day as well as those who don’t. In the words of Beyoncé, I enjoy waking up and going to class saying, “I woke up like this.” In all reality, do what makes you happy and not society, and do it unapologetically so.

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A Woman’s Worth

by Ayomide Aruwajoye

“Cause a real man knows a real woman when he sees her
And a real woman knows a real man ain’t afraid to please her
And a real woman knows a real man always comes first
And a real man just can’t deny a woman’s worth”

Alicia Keys – Woman’s Worth

I’m not sure if you have heard this song, but to all women and men, I feel like this is one of those songs that must be heard. This is a song that I grew up knowing. Everybody, especially the girls in my grade during elementary school, knew this song. I’m positive that we didn’t have a clue what this song meant since we were not yet in the dating stage, but since our mothers let us sing it around the house and we didn’t get in trouble at school for singing the song, we concluded that it was a good song.


As I got older, especially when I was old enough to drive, I blasted this song in my car for months. It was my anthem. I loved the beat, her voice, but most of all the meaning of the song. A woman’s worth is more than two words put together that sounds pretty. A woman’s worth is something that all women are born with, and it places a status on how we should be treated.

Without knowing your worth you lack the motivation to be treated how you should be treated. A woman’s worth reminds you that you should not be getting paid less than men, rape is not something that is asked for regardless of the clothes you wear. Women shouldn’t go through sexual harassment, domestic violence, and basically that women should be treated right.

In the past, women did not know their worth and were told not to go to school and stay home to cook, clean, and take care of kids, they agreed to these things because they didn’t believe in themselves and their abilities. They were constantly being talked down to by men and I’m sure they had very low confidence levels.

This is why I believe all women should KNOW their worth. The way you feel about yourself can take you a long way. If it’s already established that you will not be treated less than a man, or called out your name, it’s more likely that people will respect that about you but also the fact that you won’t accept it makes you such a strong person.

There’s a saying, “it’s not what you are called it’s what you answer to!” this quote has a lot to do with the “knowing your worth” phenomenon. Young females today address themselves as Bitches and other disrespectful words. They sing along to songs that emotionally and physical attack females in a disgraceful way and think it is okay. For me, being a young adult in college is figuring out what my worth is and requiring to be treated that way or better, especially in my relationships.

The first step is figuring out what your worth is and how you want to be treated. Second step will be actually requiring to be treated exactly how you want to be. Third and final step would be realizing that your worth as a woman is undefinable, you are beautiful, smart, strong intelligent woman and nobody should treat you less than that because like Alicia Keys said, “You will lose if you choose to refuse to put her first. She will and she can find a man who knows her worth!”