Even though I’m pretty confused about how ‘It’s On Again’ fits into Spider-Man 2, I still love Alicia Keys and always have. Musically, she’s incredibly talented and makes some great albums. Personally, every time I’ve seen her in interviews, she seems so thoughtful, well-spoken and genuinely warm. It’s really lovely and refreshing, actually.
I had no idea she was going to be the face of any Givenchy campaign, but here she is promoting their new fragrance, Dahlia Divin (which is a stupid name, let’s be honest). She looks beautiful!
Here’s what she had to say about diversity in beauty and how this collaboration came about to WWD:
She became involved with the Dahlia Divin fragrance campaign via her personal friendship with Riccardo Tisci. “Spiritually we’re a lot alike. The fashion world can make you a little soulless. So when I met him, it was nice to see that he’s really soulful. He did this awesome thing with me on the 10th anniversary of my first album. We did four intimate shows with just me on the piano, and he designed the look for them. It was heavy metal — everything of his is just really heavy,” she laughed, “but it was supercool. As time passed, [this fragrance campaign] came to fruition. I love what Givenchy is about. Givenchy is this timeless, chic, but very strong woman, but with an edgier, almost street feel. I love that she’s raw, but she’s powerful — and that’s who I believe I am, too.”
Keys would like to see more diversity, especially in the beauty world. “It seems that only one type of beauty is seen as beautiful. I think it’s very important that we stretch that concept and the way that it’s viewed. The biggest mistake is to think that beauty is physical. Beauty is so internal, and it’s about who you are and what you believe in, what you stand for. That’s what makes you beautiful. I think that’s really important to infuse into the conversation in the beauty world. I would like to see different representations of what beauty is. I’d like to see women with a little more voluptuousness. There’s no way in the world that we’re all a size 2, and people beat themselves up if they’re not small enough or light enough or dark enough or skinny enough. It’s tricky to navigate that. Also, I don’t think we’ve all been encouraged, as women, to really speak out. If we’re really opinionated, or very knowledgeable or very wise, suddenly it’s like, ‘Oh, she’s bitchy, she thinks she knows it all.’”