Alicia Keys doesn’t agree with social norms: Let a boy paint his nails!

Alicia Keys elaborated on her views about social norms and feminism in an interview with Allure.

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Alicia Keys recently made waves when she announced that she was going to go makeup-free, and now, she is elaborating on her views about social norms and feminism.

In an interview with Allure, the singer said she doesn’t have a problem with other women who want to get dolled up with makeup, saying, “I have no intention to shame anyone at all [who chooses to wear it]. No one should be ashamed by the way you choose to express yourself. And that’s exactly the point. However, if you want to do that for yourself, you should do that.”

She later added, “I am all about a woman’s right to choose. I think a woman should do anything she wants as it relates to her face, her body, her health. Whatever mode of expression that empowers you, that’s what you should do. What I am not down for is this ridiculously high, unrealistic expectation about appearance that we as women are held to.”

Then, she took on gender roles in particular, noting how they hurt boys as well as girls. “I am so annoyed at the way we force boys to be fake strong—don’t cry, don’t be soft. Let a boy be able to dance! Let a boy paint his nails. So a boy wants to paint his nails. Who cares! All these strange, oppressive ideas,” she said.

Check out her full interview here.