Alicia Keys dropped a hair bombshell on her social media followers on Thursday when she posted a stunning new photo featuring a totally different side of the artist. (Perhaps the summer heat got to her?) No caption, no context, just leaving us to drool over her enviable new ‘do: a very short, Ariel-the-mermaid-red bob.
At first glance, the bob will have you doing a double take, because Keys is almost unrecognizable with a cut this short. Don’t get us wrong, the 37-year-old musician has rocked a lot of looks during her career, but she’s usually known for long braids or bouncy natural curls. The sleek, structured cut is a markedly different aesthetic than the au naturel vibes she’s been running with, but this new photo just proves that Keys is a true hair-and-beauty chameleon.
While the new cut is definitely attention-grabbing, Keys’s radiant skin fights for top billing. Of course, her flawless skin is no surprise considering the singer has been skincare goals for years, especially as she’s embraced and promoted the #NoMakeup movement and opted instead for a perfected skincare regimen.
Or perhaps that kind of glow that can only come from knowing how utterly fabulous you are.
The Evolution of No Makeup Advocate Alicia Keys
Arriving at the ‘The Concert…20 Years with AIDS’ Benefit in 2001, Keys wear her locks in a side pony with tight braids and a golden smokey eye.
Keys shined at the Clive Davis Pre- Grammy Party with pink frosted embellished eyes and rosy cheeks. At the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, Keys took home 5 Grammys for album Songs in Minor.
At the Glamour Magazine Women of the Year event in 2004, Keys attends with her hair in a sleek up do with florals, a classic smoky eye and a glossy lip.
With slick straight hair and a dark smokey eye, Keys arrives at the 36th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fall Awards Induction in 2005.
Keys attend the 2005 Fashion Rocks event with luminous skin and coral eyes, lips and cheeks.
Backstage at MTV’s Total Request Live in 2006, Keys rocked her newly chopped locks with bangs and a turquoise eye.
With big voluminous curls and a glossy red lip, Keys arrived at the BET 106 & Park Studios in 2007.
At the BET Honors Red Carpet in 2008, Keys wears a full top bun up do with classic black eyeliner.
Keys arrived at the 2008 American Music Awards with a frosted blue eye and a nude lip.
With a sleek half up do and full lashes, Keys arrived at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009.
Keys wore her hair in natural curls with classic black eyeliner at the Jenesse Silver Rose Gala in 2010.
Keys attended the Keep A Child Alive’s 8th Annual Black Ball in 2011 with her hair in a swept back up do with creamy skin and a bright coral lip.
Keys opted for a romantic look with big soft curls and a natural face at the Proenza Schouler Spring 2012 show.
At the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, Keys stepped out in a playful braided up do with a natural eye and a red lip.
At the 40 Principles Awards in 2012, Keys wore a dramatic cat eye with a heavy contour and her curls in a tousled up do.
Staying true to theme at the 2013 ‘PUNK: Chaos to Couture’ Met Gala, Keys wore her pink highlighted hair swept over with a dark smokey eye.
Arriving at the Gordan Parks Foundation Awards in 2014, Keys wore her hair in a chic swept over style with a grey smokey eye.
Keys wore her hair in tight braids underneath a hat at the Social Good Summit in 2014.
Keys looked soft and pretty keeps with a nude pink lip, a sleek bun, and an embellished veil at the Keep a Child Alive Black Ball in 2015.
Embracing the “no makeup” movement, Keys’ natural beauty shined through at the NBCUniversal 2016 Upfront Presentation.