Why Does Alicia Keys' Declaration of Natural Beauty Matter
Alicia Keys has recently made waves in the news for deciding to partake in the impossible…natural beauty. You may be thinking “why is it important that Alicia Keys’ isn't wearing makeup?” “there are women who go without makeup all the time”. I can admit, I was thinking the same thing when this became a trending topic. Why is Alicia Keys deciding to partake in natural beauty such a BIG thing? Then it hit me after I let the news marinate.
Alicia Keys is a prominent figure in our society. I can admit that her early hit single, Fallin was my favorite song and constantly being sung in my house when I was at the tender age of 6 (I had no idea what the song was about, I just liked her tone of voice). Alicia Keys, a well-known musician and artist decided to go without makeup in the public eye, this is important for two reasons.
Celebrities are often held to a different standard of beauty, we all know this. Not only is this decision to go against the normal narrative of celebrities being a representation for idealistic beauty, but also how our society reacts to this decision is important as well. I paid attention to how free Alicia Keys sounds when speaking on her decision, how she’s seemingly glowing from within. As much as I paid attention to Alicia Keys discuss embracing her natural beauty, I also acknowledged none other than the comment section for the article at hand.
I know the comment section is often a place where trolls dwell, like under a bridge in a fairy tale. There was much debate about why embracing natural beauty isn't a big deal and there were people debating how makeup is a choice. A third conversation discussing how they feel makeup isn't a choice for some was also developing. Of course there were many men and women who were congratulating Alicia Keys’ decision and encouraging others to follow suit as well.
What truly baffled me was just how many of these people felt like they had a say in her beauty and the beauty of others. Do we give too much of ourselves when determining someone else’s beauty? Ultimately, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Although we are allowed opinions, have we as a society become too concerned with the beauty of others?
I've spent a lifetime trying to convince myself that I’m beautiful with or without makeup. My trial and error in embracing my own beauty was a worthy but exhausting journey that I’m still involved in. Personally, determining the beauty of another was simply a hobby I didn't have time for.
Besides the common debate of makeup vs. no makeup, I want to discuss another often overlooked topic. Are we a society that feels entitled to beauty? There’s always been beauty standards but have we really paid attention to how we react when someone doesn't reach those standards.
There are many people who fail to realize that we as human beings do not exist to appease the eye, but such superficiality is one of the basis for capitalism that funds our economy. Let me know in the comment section, you guys know I’m nosy. Do you feel we’re a society who feels entitled to beauty and what can we do to combat this entitlement?