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Mikey Fresh / April 11, 2012
FREEDOM AGENDA

STORY BY SIOBHAN O’CONNOR | PHOTOS JILL GREENBERG

STYLIST LAURA JONES | MAKEUP FRANCESCA TOLOT
HAIR ADIR ABERGEL

AFTER MORE THAN A DECADE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, ALICIA KEYS IS FINALLY FINDING HER VOICE.

It’s probably not a coincidence that Alicia Keys and her husband, Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, are wearing matching pants. His: expertly tailored and trim, skimming his sneakers just so. Hers: a sexy waxed denim that hugs her in all the right places. Both are the color of a well-made cappuccino. They’ve agreed to be interviewed together over dinner, a double date of sorts. It’s one of those novel ideas cooked up by magazine editors, but Keys, who seems more open now than she’s ever been, was keen to participate. And what better way to convey closeness than with his-and-her trousers.

But spend a couple of hours with them drinking cocktails that taste like tropical fruit juice, and it’s clear they don’t need color-coordinated outfits to get the point across. He’ll tug at the sleeve of her coat to help her shimmy out of it. Her hand will rest sweetly on his thigh. They’ll talk about their partnership in a way that says, “We want the whole world to have what we have,” and they’ll do it by telling you about the moment when they knew they were soul mates.

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