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Alicia Keys: 'I am all about a woman’s right to choose'

Alicia Keys says women have a right to be able to choose how they look, with the musician blasting "unrealistic expectations" placed on females when it comes to appearance.

The singer has enjoyed a natural look in recent times and she told Allure magazine that she was left feeling despondent after being told to wear lots of make-up when she was first starting out in the industry.

Keys said: "I started at 20 years old in this ridiculously invasive world [the music business] in which everyone covered me in makeup and then threw me under tons of lights, so I’d sweat for two or three hours. It took me so long to finally say, ‘Whoa!'. Who am I under there? That is just my own personal quest.

"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."

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