Alicia Keys responds to criticism over wearing no make-up at the VMAs 5 years ago

Alicia Keys responds to criticism over wearing no make-up at the VMAs

She had a simple response to her critics.

Earlier this summer, Alicia Keys wrote an essay on why she was tired of the pressure she felt to always look a certain way, and decided to stop wearing make-up.

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"'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," she said at the time.

Since then she has appeared on television, in interviews, and on stage without make-up, and looked amazing.

Her most recent public make-up free appearance was MTV's Video Music Awards.

Of course, a lot of people praised her for her decision.

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But a lot of the comments were extremely harsh about the star's natural beauty.

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With all the negativity, it seems that a lot of people are missing the point, so Alicia took to Twitter with a simple message to clear up any confusion.

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Her husband Swizz Beatz also posted a video on Instagram to defend his wife.