Alicia Keys dressed like a tomboy to avoid men from catcalling her.
The 'Empire State of Mind' hitmaker has admitted, as a young girl, she would prefer to dress in baggy jeans than a skirt to avoid men from approaching her whilst she was out and about in New York, as their "animal instinct" scared her.
She said: "I definitely started hiding when I got old enough to walk down my NY streets alone. I started to notice a drastic difference in how men would relate to me if I had on jeans, or if I had on a skirt, or if my hair was done pretty. I could tell the difference, I could feel the animal instinct in them and it scared me.
"I didn't want to be talked to in that way, looked at in that way, whistled after, followed. And so I started hiding. I chose the baggy jeans and timbs, I chose the ponytail and hat, I chose no make up, no bright color lipstick or pretty dresses. I chose to hide. Pieces at a time. Less trouble that way."
The 34-year-old beauty also admitted she never hid herself "intentionally".