Watch Alicia Keys Bare Her Makeup-Free Face & Her Soul at This Year's VMAs

The MTV Video Music Awards may be known for its attention-grabbing fashion and performances, but natural beauty won out this year. And no one deserves a Moonman for best natural look more than Alicia Keys, who made a personal and public vow earlier this year to not wear makeup and to not cover up her thoughts and opinions as well. Talk about making a statement and looking good doing it! This movement is something we can definitely get behind. 


As she wrote in her May 2016 piece for Lenny Letter, "... 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."

And Keys did not disappoint -- she refused to covered up with makeup, and, more importantly, she certainly did not censor her thoughts at the 2016 VMAs.

When it comes to the looks department, the "In Common" singer was practically glowing as she rocked the award show with her face free of foundation, eye shadow, lipstick, blush, and all the trimmings that usually accompany a red carpet outfit. She also donned a Just Cavalli maxi dress and a braided topknot to complete her look.

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In my opinion, she's never looked better. Then again, don't we all look and feel better and more comfortable when we are being ourselves? That is the definition of true beauty, which is why it's even more impressive that the "Girl on Fire" hitmaker has decided to stand up and make a change when surrounded by an industry and a society that is constantly judging women by their looks and not necessarily their talent.

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Not only did she use her bare face to make a point at the VMAs, but she also used her words and her voice to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

The songstress stepped out on stage and delivered a poem that combined spoken word and her powerful a cappella vocals that moved the audience, before presenting the award for best male video. 

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And, despite all of the turmoil that the country has faced, she closed by saying, "I still believe in that dream that one day our nation is gonna rise up and finally, finally be completely about the true meaning of this creed that all women and men are created equal."

Take note. This is what a role model looks like. This is what a role model does. And she is about so much more than just going makeup-free.  



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