Alicia Keys is taking a stand for natural beauty, and doing it very publicly. The songstress showed off her new no makeup look at the MTV VMAs last night, walking the red carpet with a fresh, makeup-free face for the cameras. Alicia says she plans to continue the trend for her debut season as a coach on The Voice.

Alicia Keys rocks the natural, makeup-free look

The latest coach on The Voice was all smiles and the picture of confidence when she hit the red carpet Sunday night at the MTV VMAs with no makeup, in a red and black maxi dress by Just Cavalli, and her hair up in an upswept, braided topknot so she coulldn't hide her bare skin.

Just as she bared her skin in a natural way, Alicia turned in a stripped down, bare-bones performace for the event, paying tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a poem and an acapella song.

Alicia realized she was using makeup as a crutch for self-esteem

Alicia said the joy of going without makeup first came out of a photo shoot that she did that was also stripped down to just straightforward photographs on a white background with no makeup. The honest simplicity of presenting herself so naturally without makeup made a huge impact on the singer and she had a bit of a revelation.

"I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt,” Alicia said of the photoshoot., according to Us magazine "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."

Us reports the singer vowed to go makeup-free in May 2016, in a Lenny Letter essay.

Alicia realized her use of makeup had taken control of how she viewed herself and had replaced her self-esteem and confidence in her own beauty. She also made the connection between her use of makeup and constantly worrying that her photo would be taken without makeup. That revelation ledAlicia Keys to see how she was putting too much emphasis on what others thought of her.

Celebrities hail Alicia's bold statement to empower women

Celebrities applauded the singer's sexy statement, with Piers Morgan complimenting Alicia on his Twitter account. He pointed out how much more empowering this no makeup move was to women as opposed to some other celebrity approaches. Alicia Keys has shown she is not only a talented singer and songwriter, but a real role model for women.

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