Alicia Keys is giving off nothing but good vibes in the July Issue of Instyle magazine, and I’m here for it!
In her cover shoot captured by her kids and husband Swizz Beatz, the girl is glowing inside and out.. That’s what having good vibes will do to ya! (pay attention negative folks).
On having to postpone her latest album ALICIA and tour.
Eventually we’ll see the value of “stripping away all the unnecessary things and really recognizing how much we need each other.” In the meantime, she adds, “the amount of sweatpants I’ve been wearing has been amazing.”
Keys, who has been on a journey of stripping away the stuff that doesn’t matter (makeup included) and embracing her authentic self since her pilgrimage to Egypt years ago, has been reflected in a lot of her “Girl Power” songs like “Brand New Me.”(My favorite!)
When asked if some of her rousing girl-power songs were written in part to convince herself of her own messaging, Keys says, “All of them! Truly. There hasn’t been one that I wrote because I actually believed it at the time. I needed to pull myself out of a rut or a place of confusion.”
As an adult, Keys has recognized the direct link between being kind to others and being kind to herself.
“I’m coming to the place now where I’m able to live more fully in my skin, my imperfections, my feelings, which are so hard to access,” she says. “Because we want to protect our heart, right? That’s what we’re all doing in some way. And I think my ability to access that place has brought a deeper connection to other people.”
One surprise along the way for Keys, who’s never been much into bling, was the realization that it’s good to enjoy nice stuff now and then. “I began to understand that my humility was sometimes a mask for self-worth issues,” she says. “I was saying, ‘Oh, I don’t need much! I only need a little bit and I’m fine.’ I was kind of cutting off my blessings.