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  • face. The lack of it makes the singer look a decade younger than her 35 years. Her makeup artist whispers that it’s all down to diet, sleep, acupuncture and a jade
    skin-roller. In fact, it’s not just how she looks; Keys is filled with a kinetic enthusiasm. Leaning into the seat of her Suv – child seat in the back; basket of miscellaneous “bits” at her feet – she laughs at
    the fact she hasn’t brought any cash with her, asks if she can borrow money for a tea, then decides she might need the bathroom more than fluids.

    Earlier this year, the musician penned a letter explaining why she had ditched makeup for public events, photoshoots and well, everything, on Lena Dunham’s website, Lenny Letter. The essence 

    “I constantly ask Myself if what I’m doing is for me or for somebody else. It’s Tripping me out!”

    When Alicia Keys steps
    out of her car, the world gathers around her. Grandmothers swoon, she holds them. Young families ask for pictures, she joins them. Skater boys rap impromptu lyrics in her face, she films them on her phone. She is a woman of her people, which is undoubtedly part of the reason why she’s shifted 35 million albums worldwide, won 15
    Grammys (and been nominated for another 14) and penned 15 years’ worth of era-defining songs – from 2001’s Fallin’ to the 2010 bluesy counterpart in Jay-Z’s five-times-
    platinum Empire State of Mind. The other reason? That voice, of course.

    Keys is also a mother of two boys (Genesis, one, and Egypt, six); married to record producer and music mogul Swizz Beatz; co-
    founder of a charity that provides Aids medicine to families in
    Africa; a judge on Usa’s The Voice; and, most recently, the wave-
    making, mold-breaking pioneer of the #nomakeup movement.

    Unlike many A-list proclamations, this one is completely true; there’s not a scrap of makeup on Keys’ 

    Previous page and this page: Jacket by R13; dress by Dodo Bar Or

                
    Credits

    Words: Emma Sells. Fashion: Jessica Steuart. Photograph: Bruce Anderson

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