(USA Today) – Alicia Keys is opening up about a problem many people have: Self-esteem.
In a very candid blog post posted to her website called “A Revelation,” the Grammy-winning artist talked about how the way men treated her on the streets of New York affected the way she dressed, acted and even her own self-esteem:
“I started to notice a drastic difference in how men would relate to me if I had on jeans, or if I had on a skirt, or if my hair was done pretty. I could tell the difference, I could feel the animal instinct in them, and it scared me. I didn’t want to be talked to in that way, looked at in that way, whistled after, followed. And so I started hiding. I chose the baggy jeans and timbs, I chose the ponytail and hat, I chose no makeup, no bright color lipstick or pretty dresses. I chose to hide. Pieces at a time. Less trouble that way.”