On the cover of Alicia Keys’ latest single “In Common” she was seen completely bare face, without makeup. Key’s was so liberated by the experience, she penned an essay for Lenny Letter and did a bare face photoshoot with Fault magazine.
“I’d just come from the gym, had a scarf under my baseball cap, and the beautiful photographer [Paola Kudacki] said, ’I have to shoot you right now, like this! The music is raw and real, and these photos have to be too!’” Keys recalled about the single photoshoot.
“My face was totally raw. I had on a sweatshirt! As far as I was concerned, this was my quick run-to-the-shoot-so-I-can-get-ready look, not the actual photo-shoot look. So I asked her, ’Now?! Like right now? I want to be real, but this might be too real!!’” she explained.
“It was just a plain white background, me and the photographer intimately relating, me and that baseball hat and scarf and a bunch of invisible magic circulating.”
Photographer Zoltan Tombor captured the rare essence of Keys, including her gorgous skin and freckles (who knew she had freckles?).
“I don’t want to cover up anymore,” Keys wrote at the end of her essay. “Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.”
See more of the bare-faced photoshoot below and read the full essay here.