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This Is 42: Alicia Keys On Embracing Aging And Finding True Beauty Within
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This Is 42: Alicia Keys On Embracing Aging And Finding True Beauty Within

Singer Alicia Keys is “Fallin’” more in love with herself as she enters her regal 40s.

In her recent cover story interview with The Cut, Keys shared that she is embracing personal growth and self-discovery at the age of 42.


"I love getting smarter. I love being more conscious. I love being aware of what I think," she told the publication. "I love being in touch with what I think and being comfortable knowing that what I know is the right thing for me, that I don't have to seek so much validation from everybody else to decide if that's a good thing for me or not."

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Keys shares that she’s made peace with the pace of her aging and sees herself becoming “more beautiful” as she gets older because of the self-reflection and inner work done over the years.

“Your heart opens more. You have a quality about you that is so much stronger in a way. I really know that you become more beautiful as you recognize these things about yourself, as you become wiser, as you become older, as you become more yourself, who you actually are,” the Grammy winner says.

In 2016, the “A Woman’s Worth” singer committed to a bareface, make-up-free lifestyle as a personal stance to embrace her natural beauty.

In an essay for Lenny Letter, Keys shared that her decision was based on shedding the societal beauty standards placed on women. “Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I was sick of,” she wrote. “And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect.”

Today, the founder of Keys Soulcare reflects on the young woman she was when she entered the music industry and the personal transformation that’s taken place since becoming a mother, wife, and beacon of grace as a 42-year-old woman.

“I started out in the music world when I was 17 years old and you are told that you put on this and you wear this, you get yourself together and you get ready to perform,” she says. “You get to transform and be in a place where you can really identify how you want to express yourself. All of that is a beautiful part of growing and a beautiful part of being a woman is that you get to express yourself.”

She continues, “It opened my eyes to how I didn’t feel comfortable or beautiful if I didn’t have my armor on, and if I didn’t have all my face and hair and pretty things and nice clothes on that somehow I was less than beautiful or just less than.”

“I realized, like, Whoa, what’s underneath all that? It allowed me to have a conversation with myself about how I wanted to feel and even what I wanted to let go of.”

Since then, the “Girl on Fire” artist has reintroduced makeup back into her life on her own terms, telling PEOPLE last year that her outlook has “evolved.”

"I get to determine what's beauty to me. Nobody gets to tell me what that is, and I can't tell anybody what that is either,” she shared with the platform. “That's why my relationship with [makeup and beauty] has come to the place where it is.”

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