by Ayvaunn Penn, YourBlackWorld.com
Alicia Keys makes the cover of the June 2011 issue of W Magazine – perfect timing since she is celebrating ten years in the music industry.
In her interview with W’s Alan Light, she talks about her days growing up:
“I just wanted to be who I was, which was like so many other girls I knew. We grew up in the city, had a hard edge and obstacles to overcome, but we were still young and beautiful. I didn’t want to be all dressed up, all made up—I wanted to be myself, which hadn’t been done before….How terrible would it have been if I had come out with some watered-down version of who I am? People fell in love with the real me, and I still feel blessed that that was how the journey began.”
Her wardrobe was selected for the W shoot by Alex White and Eileen Hayes Casamassimo. In her spread, Keys is arrayed in pieces by Alexander McQueen — a silk blouse and wool jacket — coupled with an Ellen Christine hat and a Versace ring. Her make-up and hair was done by Aaron De Mey and Didier Malige respectively. Photography was shot by Mario Sorrenti.
Keys plans on releasing a 10th Anniversary Edition of Songs in A Minor on June 28th.
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