Leading Lady: Alicia Keys Covers Glamour Magazine


Alicia Keys’ star couldn’t be shining any brighter. The new mother of adorable Egypt (with hubby Swizz Beatz) covers the October 2011 issue of Glamour Magazine beside Hollywood stars, Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore.

In a t-shirt by Alexander Wang and J Brand jeans, A. Keys’ radiant, natural beauty takes centerstage. In the issue, she talks about her passion for breast cancer research and a series of short films she, Aniston and Moore directed for Lifetime entitled Five, which documents how breast cancer impacts the lives of five unique women.  She also spoke about another passion: motherhood. Here’s an excerpt from The YBF:

On choosing to direct her Five film star Lili…
“After I read the scripts, I felt like this was something important, and I wanted to be a part of it. I chose Lili because she’s close to my age and I understood the family dynamic. I had an immediate idea of what I could bring to it.”

On reality music shows like American Idol…
“Initially, I felt like it was showing people that to be an artist you’re just supposed to get on TV. But as time passed, and the industry changed, I started thinking of it as an outlet for people who otherwise wouldn’t have any opportunity to be heard. Now I think it’s a good thing. When you’re talented, you’re talented.”

On the breakthrough moment she had while in Egypt (it inspired her son’s name too!)…
“It was a time of transition. There were certain people [I was working with] who weren’t right. I had friends who weren’t right anymore. I was tired and I had overworked myself and burnt myself out. So I went to Egypt by myself. When I saw what was built there, it made me understand how powerful we are, that we can create anything. And I felt like I needed to create things that were timeless too.”

Click here for more and pick up the issue on September 6th.