And after she painted his nails, he looked at me and he said, 'Mommy, I don't want this on my nails,'" Keys said in the video. "And I was like, 'Why? You were so sure. You were good. ' And he was like, 'People are not gonna like it. ' Can you believe this? Four years old. He's four!
On Instagram, the singer shared a story of how her four-year-old son, Genesis, changed his mind about a rainbow manicure, fearing that "people are not gonna like it. " But instead of letting feelings of shame ruin her son's fun, she offered him tons of support and then took her thoughts to social media.
In an Instagram video that she captioned, "Less Labels, More Expressions," Keys explained that Genesis was excited about getting his nails done when she brought him to the salon. "So he tells the lady that he wants rainbow colors on his nails.
But his mom continued to encourage him: "Stick with it. You chose it. You liked it. You do it. " She added, telling all of her Instagram followers, "The way I see it, there is masculine and there are feminine energies inside of us all, period.
Male celebrities, among them Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, A$AP Rocky, and Shawn Mendes have been trying to show that nail polish doesn't have to be a gendered aesthetic choice and that men can paint their nails whatever color they want.