When Kesha Posted A Makeup-Free Selfie Online, Fans Noticed A Single Startling Feature

Singer Kesha has been known for her wacky style and love of bright and bold beauty trends. But in January 2019, the star took to Instagram to show a more toned-down side of herself. Kesha shared a selfie with absolutely no makeup on, in fact – and fans were blown away by one striking facial feature.

Kesha – born Kesha Rose Sebert – entered the world on the first day of March in 1987. She was raised by her mother Pebe, a singer and songwriter who is best known for co-writing “Old Flames Can’t Hold A Candle To You,” which country icon Dolly Parton turned into a hit in 1980. And yet despite such success, the Sebert family struggled financially, reportedly resorting to food stamps and welfare payments to make ends meet.

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Kesha moved with her mother to Nashville, Tennessee, when she was just a few years old. She does not know who her biological father is, although a man named Bob Chamberlain has insisted that he is her parent – a claim that Kesha has denied.

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From a young age, Kesha adopted an alternative style that meant that she didn’t always fit in with her peers at school. She was extremely studious, too, and gained a nearly perfect score on her SATs. In her early teens, she would join her mother in the recording studio. And despite her academic prowess, the future star decided to back out of her place at Barnard College in order to try and make it as a singer.

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In fact, Kesha dropped out of high school altogether at the age of 17. She worked on writing songs with her mother, who also passed out demos that her daughter had recorded to her contacts in the world of music. And Kesha finally caught her big break after Dr. Luke, a major music producer, heard one of her tracks and encouraged the teenager to move back to L.A.

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In L.A., Kesha joined Kemosabe Records – at just 18 years old. But she didn’t make it as a solo artist straight away. Instead, she wrote songs for bands such as The Veronicas, featured as a backing singer for Britney Spears and even appeared in Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” music video. Then, in 2009 she sang on Flo Rida’s chart-topping hit “Right Round.”

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But it wasn’t until 2010 that Kesha truly became a success in the music industry. That year, the singer finally released her debut album, Animal, which shot to the top of the U.S. charts and went platinum. And the star enjoyed several hit singles from the record, too, including “Tik Tok,” “Your Love Is My Drug” and “Blah Blah Blah.”

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Kesha had begun styling her name as “Ke$ha,” and she adopted a party-girl image that divided listeners and critics alike. But, as the star explained to Newsweek in 2010, she didn’t care about fitting in with other artists in the industry. “Most women in the music biz are very sexy, and I’m not trying to be that,” she said.

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Kesha continued, “Everything is very polished, big, perfect, choreographed, and that’s just not me. I don’t really plan what comes out of my mouth. That’s what makes most of my lyrics entertaining. I say what I would say to my friends over a beer – except I happen to be saying it to millions of people on the radio. Maybe that’s why I’m successful.”

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Clearly, Kesha isn’t afraid to stand out. And one way in which the pop singer expresses herself is through her style. In fact, she’s become infamous for donning outrageous outfits and for dying her hair – which is usually blonde – bright and unusual shades. She even notoriously sported a dress fashioned from a trash bag to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010.

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But on top of bizarre outfit choices and colorful hair, Kesha is also no stranger to zany makeup looks. In fact, the star admitted to Glamour magazine in 2012 that she doesn’t exactly adhere to any strict rules when it comes to beauty. “My makeup is usually left over from the night before,” she revealed.

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And Kesha has a self-confessed weakness for sparkle, too. Discussing her obsession with glitter with Metro World News in 2013, the star joked, “I pour it on the ground, lay in it and roll around. Then my glitter roadie sprinkles it all over me. His job is to make sure every inch of my body is covered.”

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However, Kesha added that she also makes an effort to ensure that she keeps her complexion looking healthy. “I could go for two days without a shower, but I always take care of my skin and my face,” she said. “The rest of my life is chaos, but I’m pretty religious about that.”

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What’s more, Kesha revealed some of the skin-related products she likes to use. “I cleanse and moisturize all the time because I’m prone to having dry skin,” she continued. “I’ve also started putting a tiny, pea size amount of retinol in my night cream. It supposedly helps your skin exfoliate constantly.”

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And Kesha’s passion for beauty products has seen her become somewhat of an activist, too. For instance, she is an ambassador for the Humane Society of the United States, with which she raises awareness about subjects such as animal testing for cosmetics. In 2011, meanwhile, the star collaborated with fellow singer Iggy Pop for a PETA campaign, in which they highlighted other animal rights issues.

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And in 2012, after the success of her first album, Kesha released Warrior. Although her second record didn’t achieve the commercial impact of Animal, it certainly impressed several critics, who particularly noted the development in Kesha’s music style. BBC music, for instance, described Warrior “as another surprisingly enjoyable album from a pop singer who has managed to broaden her approach without losing her USP.”

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And as Kesha’s public persona evolved – from party animal to animal activist – her look, too, began to change. She started to take a more pared-down approach to her outfits and her makeup, for instance. What’s more, the star told Vogue in 2015 that gaining more confidence in herself had also influenced her sense of style.

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“I’ve had a lot of ups and downs,” Kesha revealed. “It’s been quite a journey. [With the criticism], I went to a dark place. There was a lot of not eating, and I started to think being hungry to the point of feeling almost faint was a positive thing. The worse it got, the more positive feedback I was getting. Inside I was really unhappy, but outside, people were like, ‘Wow, you look great.’”

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Kesha also explained that changing her attitude has had a huge impact on her lifestyle. “I surround myself with positive people,” she said. “I run a few miles on the beach every day. And I got into Transcendental Meditation to try to find some peace in my crazy life. [It reminds me] to be grateful for where I am, for my body and my face – as imperfect as any of it may be.”

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And Kesha added that the transformation in her appearance had mirrored how she had been feeling on the inside. “I really wanted to make a change – be more raw and real,” she admitted. “I wanted to be more confident in myself, embrace every inch of my body [and] not try to cover up with makeup.”

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In accepting herself for who she is, you see, Kesha seemingly reached a place where she was ready to share her perceived imperfections with the world. So that’s exactly what she did in January 2019 by posting a totally makeup-free selfie on Instagram. But it didn’t take long for fans to notice something startling about the pop star’s stripped-back face.

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Of course, Kesha is not the first star to go bare-faced online. In fact, a trend called the #NoMakeup Revolution began in 2016 and quickly gained traction on social media. It was spurred by Grammy Award-winning singer Alicia Keys, who wrote an essay that same year about her decision to ditch cosmetics in Lenny Letter, a former newsletter run by Lena Dunham.

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Keys has gone makeup-free at high-profile events such as the 2016 Video Music Awards and the 2018 Grammy Awards as well as during her appearances on TV show The Voice. “I don’t want to cover up anymore,” she wrote in the essay called “Time To Uncover.” “Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth.”

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In fact, Keys even admitted that she’d once shied away from sporting a natural-faced look in public for fear of being photographed by fans. “These were the insecure, superficial but honest thoughts I was thinking,” she explained. “And all of it, one way or another, was based too much on what other people thought of me.”

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And Keys revealed that it had taken a photo shoot where she hadn’t worn any cosmetics to make her feel empowered. Once she’d seen the snapshots from the shoot, the singer explained, her “initial intentions realized themselves.” She added, “The universe was listening to those things I’d promised myself – or maybe I was just finally listening to the universe – but, however it goes, that’s how this whole #nomakeup thing began.”

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And other women have played their parts in the makeup-free revolution, too. In fact, ditching cosmetics raised a huge amount of money for charity in 2014 with the #nomakeupselfie social media trend. The movement saw women taking photos of themselves sans makeup and challenging others to do the same – and it raised over $10 million for Cancer Research U.K. in just six days.

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“We have been overwhelmed by the support people have been showing us through the #nomakeupselfie trend,” Cancer Research U.K.’s then-chief executive, Harpal Kumar, said in a statement. And he added that the money would go towards “critical research” to find a cure for the deadly disease. “It has been an exciting week, and we would just like to thank everyone again for their support,” he said.

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Meanwhile, Kesha’s own makeup-free selfie hit the internet in 2019. New Year is often a time for reflection and change, and it seems that was exactly the case for the pop star. On January 15, you see, the singer posted a close-up snapshot of her face on Instagram and Twitter. And the accompanying caption revealed her resolution for the year.

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Kesha explained that she had posted the photo as part of a vow to accept her flaws and be confident in herself. “This year my resolution is to love myself,” the post read. “Just as I am – all f**ked up and imperfect and whatever else.” But there is one particular feature of Kesha’s selfie that stood out to many of her fans.

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Yes, the multiple freckles on Kesha’s face can be seen in clear detail in the picture in question. It appears that the singer usually covers up the features with makeup. This time, though, she took a totally different approach and was happy to show them off for the whole world to see. The final part of her Instagram post’s caption even read, “Let my freckles liiiiiiiive.”

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And perhaps unsurprisingly, many followers took note of Kesha’s unexpected post. The selfie has now been liked more than half a million times on Instagram and over 150,000 times on Twitter. The bare-faced picture also got people talking, it seems, having racked up around 3,200 comments on Twitter.

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“Yes, it’s time to love ourselves! Also, I love you!” one fan shared. And another agreed, writing, “OMG, you’re beautiful! Love you, Kesha! Your freckles are certainly not an imperfection, and I’m happy to see you accept this part of yourself.” The star’s freckles were also called “awesome” and “gorgeous” in other comments.

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What’s more, Kesha’s decision to show off her freckles clearly inspired others. For instance, some fans took their own makeup-free selfies that revealed their own freckled complexions and uploaded them to social media. And like Kesha, they decided to embrace the parts of their faces that they had once disliked.

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But while sharing a selfie may have seemed like a small gesture, some social media users explained that it’s rare to witness celebrities accepting their freckled features in the way that the singer did. Other fans even admitted that they had tended to hide their own freckles because they had considered them to be flaws. However, Kesha’s candid attitude had helped them to realize the importance of being themselves.

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“I was so embarrassed as a little girl,” one Twitter user, S. Davis, wrote to Kesha. “My daddy said some day they’ll blend into the perfect tan. I just think how different it would be for us if one of our idols would have gone natural – how many ‘imperfections’ would’ve made us feel perfect.”

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Meanwhile, another tweeter, Bella Viaggi, added, “Girl, I love your freckles. I so wish I was younger when you debuted because I’ve spent years getting rid of mine because I was bullied for them! Now I miss my freckles.” Kesha, it seems, is doing her part to change that perception – and it’s helped her fans to feel beautiful.

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Kesha’s 2019 selfie isn’t the first time she’s decided to go bare-faced online, though. The pop star posted another picture of her freckles on social media back in August 2018, in fact. And while she didn’t share a message promoting self-love that time, commenters nevertheless encouraged her to show her face without makeup more often.

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Meghan Markle is another public figure who’s helped people to embrace their freckles. After revealing her own speckled skin on the October 2017 Vanity Fair cover, she told Allure, “To this day, my pet peeve is when my skin tone is changed, and my freckles are airbrushed out of a photo shoot. For all my freckle-faced friends out there, I will share with you something my dad told me when I was younger: ‘A face without freckles is a night without stars.’”

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And for Kesha, her makeup-free selfie is just the latest step in her journey of self-acceptance. She explained to Cosmopolitan in 2018 that she had had to make a big effort to learn to like her body in order to become the best version of herself. “It was scary, but I finally put my foot down and chose life. That was a huge turning point,” she explained.

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“I’m not a size. I’m not a number. I am a strong, badass motherf***ing woman,” Kesha went on before adding, “And quite frankly, I like my junk. Ten years ago, I never thought I’d be able to say that.” Thankfully, it seems that Kesha is finally embracing all of her features in her own ways – whether conventional or not – and urging others to do the same.

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