Alicia Keys sat down with Allure Magazine to speak out about gender roles in our society.
“I was so sick of the way women were forced to feel inadequate in many different circumstances or forced to feel insecure by the way we’re portrayed or the way we look,” Keys says of the inspiration behind her new album Here.
Alicia is a mom to two boys with husband Swizz Beatz — Genesis Ali, 2, and Egypt Daoud, 6.
“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!” she says. “Let a boy paint his nails. So a boy wants to paint his nails. Who cares! All these strange, oppressive ideas.”