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Alicia Keys on Self Esteem and Harassment

FILE - In this July 4, 2014 file photo, Alicia Keys attends the 2014 Essence Music Festival Concert - Day 2 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in New Orleans. Keys, who often releases albums in November and December, says she is preparing for another delivery at the end of the year: her second baby. "December album? Well, I know one thing. I'm having a December baby,” the singer said with a laugh in an interview Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP, file)
In this July 4, 2014 file photo, Alicia Keys attends the 2014 Essence Music Festival Concert – Day 2 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in New Orleans. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP, file)

(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.”

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