She may have five albums, 15 Grammys, and a seriously cute family, but in this heartbreaking post Alicia Keys discusses her struggles with demons and crippling insecurities.
Keys opens up about her journey toward self-acceptance, detailing her struggle to embrace her femininity and to be the person she wanted to be.
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve hidden myself. It might have started in school when I realised that I caught on to things a little quicker, and teachers started to show slight favour to me, or use me as an example. I remember feeling like my friends would make fun of me or look at me as if I was different from them and so… I started hiding. Not intentionally, I didn’t mean to, but I did. Little pieces at a time.”
From a young age, Keys explains, she used to get a lot of unwanted attention from men because of her curvy figure. Echoing a feeling many women are faced with today, Keys recalls how men would catcall her on the streets of New York, which made her nervous to draw any more attention to herself than was necessary.