Alicia Keys on Her 'Tomboy' Style: 'I Chose to Hide'

The Grammy-winning singer's blog about hiding her true self reveals the real reason she dressed like a tomboy for so long.
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Alicia keys, she's actually opening up about her style. Why she used to dress like a tomboy. Her blog has been shared with thousands. ABC's Paula Faris is here with that. Reporter: Alicia keys penned a very personal blog saying she hid herself for as long as she remembered. Basically, she didn't want to be harassed. ? This girl is on fire ? Reporter: She's the grammy-winning song stress burning up the charts for more than a decade. ? I keep on falling in and out of love ? Reporter: Now Alicia keys revealing for the first time she embraced a tomboy look in early days. It was all to avoid unwanted attention. Sharing on her blog Monday, when I got old enough to walk down my New York streets alone, I could feel the animal instinct. I didn't want to be looked at in that way, whistled after, and so, I started hiding. I chose the baggy jeans, I chose the pony tail and hat. I chose to hide. ? Reporter: It even continued when keys hit it big. She writes, I became comfortable hiding my intelligence, my physical appearance, myself. We have seen her image transform over the years. Now the mom of two is hiding no more and encouraging other women to do the same. When I see women who are comfortable in their skin it's beautiful. Reporter: Saying you're allowed to be tough, you're allowed to be sexy, all at the same time. Something she's clearly embracing. Alicia keys is saying, I'm real, I'm vulnerable. That's an incredible thing for women to see. ? Took a long, long time to get here ? Reporter: Keys is no stranger to empowering others, telling our robin Roberts what kind of artist she wants to be. Someone that people can relate to and can understand and say, you know what, she's just like me. ? I got this ? ? I found me ? Reporter: Now, this was a recent epiphany. The first thought that comes into her head, what can I wear that doesn't cause too much attention? It's daily battle. Lot of women dress to get attention. She wasn't comfortable with it. Some people aren't comfortable with all of that unsolicited attention. Again, no judgment zone. This is the circle of trust. I love that no judgment zone. Whatever works for you. Thanks, Paula. I like your hair. Thank you. I did a curly thing. I like it. Now to our special series,

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