This girl is on FIRE!
I didn’t think it was possible to love Alicia Keys any more than I already do, but then she showed up to the MTV Video Music Awards in all her makeup free glory. DAMN did she look good! She totally stole the show by proving that women can be beautiful JUST the way they are — no makeup needed.
In case you aren’t up to date on current news, this is NOT the first time she’s left home without eyeliner and mascara. Earlier this summer, Keys wrote an essay for Lenny Letter explaining why she no longer wanted to wear makeup.
"Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn't put on makeup," she wrote. "What if someone wanted a picture?? What if they POSTED it??? These were the insecure, superficial, but honest thoughts I was thinking. And all of it, one way or another, was based too much on what other people thought of me."
This multi-Grammy winner and mother of 2 has ALWAYS slayed though. Keys grew up in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan in New York City and was raised predominantly by her mother who was a paralegal and part-time actress. When she was 4 years old she made an appearance on The Cosby Show and then went on to enroll at the Professional Performing Arts School at age 12. At only 16, she graduated valedictorian of her class.
Over her long and wildly successful career as an accomplished pianist, singer and songwriter, Alicia Keys has won 15 Grammys and been nominated 13 times. And in addition to being a kick-ass musician, Keys is also the co-founder and global ambassador of Keep A Child Alive — a non-profit organization that provides medicine to families with HIV and AIDS in Africa.
Is there anything she can’t do? This girl is ON FIIIIIIIRE!
So in honor of her killer attitude and role-modelesque ways, let these 10 quotes from Alicia Keys inspire you to always believe in the beauty and power of being totally, completely, unapologetically yourself.
If you're searching for the best quotes and memes to share with the people you love (or just want to feel inspired yourself) ... look no further! From the sweetest love quotes, inspirational sayings, and hilarious friendship truths, we've got you covered.
“All women are naturally badass.” — Alicia Keys
"Failure isn't an option. I've erased the word 'fear' from my vocabulary, and I think when you erase fear, you can't fail." — Alicia Keys
“Sometimes you need to start again in order to fly.” — Alicia Keys
“Love is accepting people for who they are and what they are, regardless." — Alicia Keys
“Be driven, be focused, but enjoy every moment because it only happens once.” — Alicia Keys
“Sometimes you just have to do what’s best for you.” — Alicia Keys
“Create the world you want, and fill it with the opportunities that matter to you." — Alicia Keys
“Why give up before we try?" — Alicia Keys
"I have big everything on the bottom, but I love my legs. You've got to love what's yours." — Alicia Keys
"Everything that you want to be you already are, and you are simply on the path of discovering it.” — Alicia Keys