Alicia Keys poses with husband Swizz Beatz. (Photo: JAMIE MCCARTHY, Getty Images)
Alicia Keys is urging fans to pursue “less labels, more expressions” after her son voiced an insecurity about his rainbow nail polish.
In an Instagram video shared over the weekend, Keys recounted to followers how her younger son, 4-year-old Genesis, had been excited to join her at the nail salon, where he decided he wanted each finger to be pained a different color like a rainbow.
“After she painted his nails, he looked at me and said, ‘Mommy, I don’t want this on my nails,'” Keys recalled. “And I was like, ‘Why? You were so sure you were good.'”
“People are not going to like it,” she recalled her son saying.
“Can you believe this?” Keys asked viewers. “He’s four years old. Four. And he already understands the concept that someone’s going to judge him because he chose a rainbow color on his nails.”
The singer kept things positive with her son, applauding his creative idea and telling him others would do the same.
“You had this idea, stick with it,” she told him. “You chose it, you liked it, you do it. Who cares what anybody else says? Plus, you know, a lot of guys paint their nails. It’s not, like, some strange thing that you only do.”
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Keys said the experience got her thinking about “how completely judged we are all the time.” She became frustrated that people often get held back from being able to explore both “masculine and feminine energies.”
“It gets concerning to me that we can’t just explore these different sides of ourselves,” she added. “Even for me, myself, I often explore the masculine energy that’s inside of me. It’s very natural to me. That’s how I feel… For my boys, (it’s) similar: if they want to express the feminine energy that’s inside of them, there’s all these judgements and all these rules and stereotypes and vibes, and it’s really frustrating to me.”
She concluded: “This is a very normal, ancient, powerful, spiritual understanding that we all have masculine and feminine energies. And we should be able to explore and express them however we want to.”
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