Alicia Keys Covers Marie Claire UK / Dishes On Setting Boundaries, Finding Her Voice, & Sexism In The Music Industry

Published: Tuesday 9th Nov 2021 by Ryan

Alicia Keys is not holding back.

The 15-time GRAMMY-winning songstress is the latest superstar to cover the UK version of Marie Claire.

In the spread, she dishes on a wide range of topics, including: finding her voice, sexism in the music industry, and the importance of setting boundaries.

Her cover comes as she gears up to release her upcoming ‘KEYS’ album, which is set to feature the singles: ‘LALA,’ and ‘Best Of Me.’

Peep pics and quotes below…

On setting boundaries:

“Boundaries are my favourite thing in the whole world. Here is my space, stay out of it! You’re crossing the line. I think there’s something about being able to verbalise it.”

On finding her voice:

“It was very hard for me to express times I’ve felt weak,’ she says. ‘If I felt scared, or like I wasn’t gonna be good at something. I never wanted to give people the opportunity to prey on my emotions, so I always hid them. I never felt comfortable crying in front of people. I would [say] I’m fine when I’m not fine.”

“One of the things I’ve learned with age is that there’s so much to who we are. It’s easy to default to the woman you usually are, but we can actually be our most magnificent… most fancy, smart, beautiful [selves] – all those things so many of us hold back. ‘Keys’ is all about losing that reservation. I don’t have that reservation any more.”

On sexism in the music industry:

“I think it’s actually what saved me from this super-dirty industry, which sometimes makes women feel like they don’t have a choice about how to express themselves or portray their womanhood or their sensuality or their sexuality – or any of it. Growing up, I was very much around pimps, prostitutes and dealers. I had to conduct myself in a certain way in order to not attract that type of attention. It gave me perspective. As a kid, everyone wants to tell you what to do and how to look and how they want to market you… they literally try to mould you like clay.”

“Compromise has been my middle name – Alicia Compromise Keys. I definitely came to a place where I was recognising that my desire to compromise sometimes overcame my desire to honour my original vision. You know, I’m just finished with giving my power away.”

Your thoughts?

[Photo Credit: Marie Claire UK]

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  1. Shayla Queen™ 👑 November 9, 2021

    …and stealing another woman’s husband” *end of headline*

    • Monica Stan November 9, 2021

      Still more successful & talented then UGGmillia 💀💀💀

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 November 9, 2021

        …and Monica 💀💀💀💀

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 November 9, 2021

        Code Red: 35k
        Trenches: Not released after 4 years and 4 singles

        The struggle is real

      • Lana Del Flop is the Flop November 9, 2021

        # 8 —-> # 106 in one week. The struggle is real trick.

    • Monica Stan November 9, 2021

      Romance: 85k during peak holiday sales season with a #1 single. Cancelled “world tour” flop straight to DVD Cinderella and fat with a gay PR bf💀💀💀💀💀

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 November 9, 2021

        Code Red: 35k

        Trenches: in the trenches

  2. Clarks0o00ñ November 9, 2021

    Oh she has started wearing makeup again.

    She was tired of looking like a homeless woman who sells crystals and shouts THE END IS NEAR as strangers walking by

    • Shayla Queen™ 👑 November 9, 2021

      Walking the streets with a piece of carpet around her shoulders. The only thing missing was an empty coffee cup in one hand and a “spare change” sign in the other

  3. marilyn monh-O-E ® 👠(#1 DIVA) November 9, 2021

    it’s sad to see Alicia is turning herself into Brandy aka big ass flop 💅🏿

  4. Fancy BISH (FCK Maristench, Danzou The Fool & Clarksdump 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 November 9, 2021

    This bish can’t pull off a make-up free face.

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