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.’”
June 23, 2014 at 11:00 am by Jennifer
So The Grammys bore a new meme: Pharrell‘s hat.
Sorry, but I’m not ready for this to be a new thing.
Let’s take a look at what others wore to this craptacular awards show!
January 27, 2014 at 11:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Alicia Keys may not actually be a ‘girl on fire’, but her pants sure are (see what I did there?). Despite serving as a creative director for Blackberry, it turns out… she actually uses an iPhone! The jig is up, because she accidentally tweeted on Monday from the Twitter for iPhone app, probably not realising that anyone else would notice. It wasn’t even a good tweet, either, just a lyric from the new Drake song, which was super disappointing.
That’s neither here nor there, however. Despite having told The New York Times last week that she only uses the Blackberry Z10, she clearly has enough sense in her everyday life to realise that Blackberrys are useless unless you’re a suit & tie businessman (or woman) who needs the Enterprise feature. Other than that, iPhones or Androids are the way to go.
Of course, Alicia went the route that all stars do whenever they’ve been caught out doing something stupid: they lie and claim they were “hacked”. Yeah, hacked by the slow part of your own brain that wasn’t on top of what you’re doing on the internet.
What the h*ll?!!!!Looks like I’ve been hacked… I like @drake but that wasn’t my tweet:-(
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) February 11, 2013
Girl, nobody believes that shit, okay? And also, pretty much no one with any common sense is going to blame you for using… well, anything but a Blackberry. I’d rather have one of those old Motorolas that were like walkie talkies that everyone had and would use on the bus so that everyone could hear your entire conversation than go back to a Blackberry.
February 13, 2013 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
Let’s just be real, if it’s a Lifetime movie, I’ll watch it. A cheesy William and Kate movie? I’m on it. A film featuring Jennifer Love Hewitt? I’ll be there. So really, when I heard that Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, and Alicia Keys (and Penelope Spheeris and Patty Jenkins) were going to be directing some tearjerker about breast cancer? I cried a little just thinking about it.
And now we hear that this Five business also features the talents of Rosario Dawson, Tony Shalhoub, Josh Holloway, Jennifer Morrison, and Jeffrey Tambor? Forget about it, I’m all over it, let’s do this already.
Will any of you be tuning in as well?
August 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm by Emily
You know what’s real nice? Celebrities who spend their time doing stuff to raise awareness about something important, while investing their finances in a project that’s going to help save lives, unlike the antics of vapid twat gnats like those on shows such as Real Housewives and Jersey Shore. It’s positively refreshing, isn’t it?
This month the three friends team up to help launch the women’s advocacy project of the year: Five, a series of films about women and breast cancer that, stitched together in a two-hour block airing on Lifetime on October 10, powerfully show how breast cancer affects women’s lives, families and friendships.
What Jennifer Aniston had to say to Glamour about the Five project:
“We were intrigued by the challenge of creating short stories that would defy audiences’ expectation of the subject. We wanted to balance the drama with humor and irreverence because that’s what’s helped our friends who’ve faced this get through their treatment. We wanted stories that were informative without being heavy-handed. Oh, and they needed to be brilliantly written. Other than that, our goals were small. [Laughs.]”
On those pesky Angelina-voodoo rumors:
“There’s not nearly as much stealing and obsessing and middle-of-the-night secret calls to ex-boyfriends and scheming and cheating [as they lead you to believe]. Most of it’s just bullshit, however entertaining.”
What Demi Moore had to say to Glamour about the Five project:
“I think that so often there is that ‘out of sight, out of mind’ feeling, like breast cancer is happening to other people, not you. Before this project came up. Even I really didn’t want to pay attention. I feel that this came to me to make me pay attention.”
On keeping the fires burning at home:
“I’m an old-school romantic, so I get giddy when Ashton shows me another way of saying ‘I love you’—any little thought or gesture that’s playful or sweet. We leave Post-it notes for each other; some have been sticking up for five or six years! For me, it’s the small things.”
What Alicia Keys had to say to Glamour about the Five project:
“After I read the scripts, I felt like this was something important, and I wanted to be a part of it. I chose Lili because she’s close to my age and I understood the family dynamic. I had an immediate idea of what I could bring to it.”
On waking up to find the important things in life:
“… There were certain people [I was working with] who weren’t right. I had friends who weren’t right anymore. I was tired and I had overworked myself and burnt myself out. So I went to Egypt by myself. When I saw what was built there, it made me understand how powerful we are, that we can create anything. And I felt like I needed to create things that were timeless too.”
What lovely ladies. Seriously.
For the full, in-depth interview, check out Glamour‘s site here.
August 31, 2011 at 7:30 am by Sarah
Alicia Keys is a notoriously beautiful woman who NORMALLY has some pretty keen fashion sense, but girlfriend here was photographed wearing …. I don’t know what. Apparently the shortest, tightest, ROLL-UP jean shorts ever (I’m sorry, never a good idea on ANYONE; cuffed jean shorts? Please) coupled with gladiator sandals, all which make her legs look about a foot long.
Girl, I love you to pieces, and you’re gorgeous no matter what you wear, but this whole outfit here (gestures wildly)? Has just got to go.
Images courtesy of Splash News