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Annie Demetroules, School Page Editor

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Breaking beauty standards was a recent trend throughout 2016 and hopefully will carry on into 2017. Many influential female celebrities have taken a stand against these standards and have stopped wearing makeup. One of the many celebrities to do this was pop singer/songwriter, Alicia Keys. This “#nomakeup movement” began in May of 2016. Alicia Keys became a media advocate for the movement because of, as stated in the New York Times, the insecurities and anxieties that came from the pressure that’s put on women to wear makeup. Senior Jonathon Colaluca gave his opinion about makeup in today’s world, stating, “I think makeup is overrated and honestly just makes most people look a lot worse. It also makes people feel bad about themselves when really there is nothing to feel bad about! Like a little bit isn’t a huge deal but some people feel like they need to lather their face in every product possible and it’s just so unnecessary.”

Keys was spotted at a multitude of places sporting a fresh face, with absolutely zero makeup on. Some of these events included The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, New York Fashion Week, and the hit show “The Voice” as a judge, just to name a few. Though, Alicia Keys did receive quite a lot of backlash from this, she still has yet to back down on her stance and her confidence hasn’t dropped. A couple critics of this movement said “going makeup-free in public isn’t brave- it’s human” and “Many women look good without makeup on. NOT Alicia Keys. On tv with a Cosby sweater and do rag on it’s like laundry day.” Alicia Keys wants all women to feel confident in their own skin no matter what- if they decide to wear makeup or not, that’s a woman’s choice. Junior Adriana Montgomery said, “I really like how Alicia Keys decided to break this stereotype. It makes me happy that someone this influential wants to make a change in our society and set a different example for girls in the upcoming generations.”

Nowadays, makeup is a big part of not only our country but the entire world’s culture. Many women are expected to wear makeup because they think they have to in order to be up to today’s beauty standards. With the amount of tutorial videos on the internet and availability of makeup in stores, you’d think that women are obligated to wear it. Senior Olivia Dicostanzo stated her opinion about makeup, saying, “I feel that makeup isn’t a necessity in everyday life, it’s just an accessory. If people want to wear makeup because it makes them feel good or they like to do it, then good for them. Others shouldn’t be pressured to wear it for society, they should wear it for themselves.” Alicia Keys wanted to step down from social norms and take a stand with the #nomakeup movement. She has openly stated that she doesn’t want to tell anyone to stop wearing makeup, as seen in one of her tweets, which read, “Y’all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn’t mean I’m anti-makeup. Do you!” Keys plans on going makeup free for months, if not years.

There is a common theme of skepticism around her decision because most people do not believe that she’s actually going to go 100% makeup free. Fortunately, there were many, many more positive and supporting comments among the negative ones. Keys wants to embrace her natural beauty and stop trying to imitate perfection.

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