Birthday Girl Alicia Keys's Most Glamorous Makeup-Free Moments

Alicia Keys Makeup Free Moments - Lead 2017
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Alicia Keys is without a doubt one of the world’s most beautiful people. She’s blessed with both physical beauty and a kind soul, evidenced by her longtime commitment to philanthropy.

In August 2016, the talented musician and humanitarian made a bold statement when she attended the MTV Video Music Awards with a new, fresh-faced look. For some reason, people had a lot to say about Keys’s decision to step out sans makeup—some even interpreted her VMAs appearance as an attack on cosmetics, but the singer was quick to clear the air, writing on Twitter: “Y'all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn't mean I'm anti-makeup. Do you!”

Keys certainly practices what she preaches. The singer, who celebrates her 36th birthday today, is a great example of someone who isn’t afraid to be herself. Despite initial backlash, Alicia has kept with her makeup-free stance. The Voice judge steps out fresh-faced all the time, and we must say, the radiant star is looking better than ever.

In honor of Keys’ fresh-faced legacy, here are her most glamorous makeup-free moments.

THIS. GIRL. IS. ON. FIRE.

01 of 08

The Start of the Revolution

The Start of the Revolution
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A fresh-faced Keys slayed the VMAs red carpet last August.

02 of 08

On the Cover of Time Out New York

On the Cover of Time Out New York
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Alicia, we think you're pretty without any makeup on.

03 of 08

Killin' Em with Confidence

Killin' Em with Confidence
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How amazing does she look mid-performance?!

04 of 08

Smile Bright

Smile Bright
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Keys showcased her sense of humor and pearly whites when she hit the late night circuit in November 2016.

05 of 08

You glow, girl

You glow, girl
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Alicia just can't stop smiling.

06 of 08

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink
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Alicia could not be more glam in this fishnet pantsuit confection—the paparazzi in the background is just the cherry on top.

07 of 08

The Cover of Here

The Cover of Here 
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Keys's latest album cover is the perfect companion to her new beauty mantra.

08 of 08

Night Out with the Hubs

Night Out with the Hubs
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Swizz Beatz's face says it all.

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