“They say that every child learns from their mother – it’s ingrained from babyhood. Have you watched Snow White lately? I get real funky about the classics; I don’t like [my sons] watching it. It’s totally sexist, misogynistic – she’s cleaning for seven dwarfs. There’s nothing wrong with a woman who chooses to stay at home with her family, it’s a hard-ass job, but it’s the way it’s spoken about.”
Alicia Keys – The Edit
Have all the different aspects of Keys’ life come together and created a lens for her music to flow through? “For the first time, I’m recognizing how art, activism, socially what we’re going through, all go together. For the longest time I thought it was all separate.” Suddenly beaming again, she says, “This space is dope! I feel like there’s an electric current.” She cackles, sat in the back of a car speeding through New York’s Times Square. “Boom! I’m part of it. We are all plugging in. It’s time.”
READ the full interview with Alicia Keys as she talks to NET-A-PORTER’S weekly digital magazine THE EDIT about motherhood, being a “bad ass” and sexist Disney classics.
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Photographed in New York by Quentin De Briey and styled by US editor Tracy Taylor