Alicia Keys asked her Insta followers to think less about labels and more about expression after her 4-year-old son told her he was embarrassed to wear his rainbow manicure.
“So he tells the lady that he wants rainbow colors on his nails, and she brings all of these colors, and she paints each nail a different color. And after she painted his nails, he looked at me, he said,
‘Mommy, I don’t want this on my nails.’
And I was like,
‘Why? You were so sure. You were good.’
And he was like,
‘People are not going to like it.’
Can you believe this? Four years old. He’s 4! And he already understands the concept that someone’s going to judge him because he chose rainbow colors on his nails.”
She told the little one,
“You chose it. You liked it. You do it. Who cares what anybody else says?”
Addressing her 17 million Instagram followers in the video, Keys said she hopes more people will think less about gender stereotyping and instead explore,
“It gets concerning to me that we can’t just explore these different sides of ourselves.
I oftentimes express the masculine energy that’s inside of me. All the time, if that happens, there’s the judgments, and there’s the stereotypes, and there’s all the energy that comes toward that.
And for my boys, you know, similar. If they want to express the feminine energy that’s inside of them, there’s all these judgments and all these rules and stereotypes and vibes.
It’s really frustrating to me. I’m actually really, really frustrated about it.”
She asked her followers what they think and their responses were very positive, praising her parenting style.
“This kid. This expression. This parenting. This thinking. THIS is the stuff that will change the world. For the better.”
“I loved your feedback to him. So beautiful.”
(Photo, screen grabs; via Insider)