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If you happened to catch any of the MTV VMA’s this past Sunday, you may have noticed that Alicia Keys wasn’t wearing any make-up.  Many people are in support of Keys’ non make-up look, but others have criticized the singer and labeled her as “anti make-up.”

Keys has chosen to go with a natural fresh face as of lately, and there is a reason for it.  Earlier this year she covered Ebony magazine and explained that she is at a point in her life where she just wants to “be free.”  Keys tweeted out the following message to those who accused her of being on an anti make-up movement, and her response was perfect.

Up and coming pop star Alessia Cara also showed up to the VMAs wearing no make-up.  Cara, who opened up the VMAs pre-show, made a pledge to not wear any make-up when ever she performs her new song, “Scars to Your Beautiful.”  She previously explained to Glamour that the song is supposed to speak to those who have ever felt uncomfortable in their own skin, and she just wants to help convey that message.  Was Keys an inspiration to Cara?  She posted a make-up free selfie from the VMAs to Instagram that you can see below.


With or without make-up, these women look absolutely beautiful! They are slowly changing the ideologies of what Hollywood tells women they should look like.  Remember, the ultimate message is to just be YOU!  You can read more on the story here.