Some may argue that, in the past, Solange has always been in the shadow of her big sister, Beyonce. The two siblings have always been opposites, but in recent years, Solange has risen to the spotlight with her hipster fashion and funky progressive music. There’s definitely no argument there.
Knowles, who released her first number one album, A Seat At The Table, late last year, ended 2016 on a high note and is starting this year the same way with a Grammy nomination and countless critical acclaim. Let’s not forget, she has also never wavered from who she is as an artist, human being and a black woman.
Solange is on the cover of this month’s Interview Magazine and she was interviewed by none other than her big sister, Beyonce. The two had a one-on-one conversation as Solange made her way back to New York from Philadelphia. The Knowles sisters talked about everything, from how it was growing up in their Parkwood neighborhood in Houston, Texas to her inspiration for her popular album cover.
Peep some of the excerpts below:
On what inspired her cover art for A Seat At The Table:
“I wanted to create an image that invited people to have an up-close and personal experience—and that really spoke to the album title—that communicated, through my eyes and my posture, like, “Come and get close. It’s not going to be pretty. It’s not going to be perfect. It’s going to get a little gritty, and it might get a little intense, but it’s a conversation we need to have.” I wanted to nod to the Mona Lisa and the stateliness, the sternness that that image has. And I wanted to put these waves in my hair, and to really set the waves, you have to put these clips in. And when Neal, the hair stylist, put the clips in, I remember thinking, “Woah, this is the transition, in the same way that I’m speaking about on ‘Cranes.'” It was really important to capture that transition, to show the vulnerability and the imperfection of the transition—those clips signify just that, you know? Holding it down until you can get to the other side. I wanted to capture that.”
On the misconceptions of being a strong woman:
“Oh my God, they’re endless! [laughs] One thing that I constantly have to fight against is not feeling arrogant when I say I wrote every lyric on this album. I still have not been able to say that. That’s the first time I’ve actually ever said it, because of the challenges that we go through when we celebrate our work and our achievements. I remember Björk saying that she felt like, no matter what stage in her career, if a man is credited on something that she’s done, he’s going to get the credit for it. And, unfortunately, that still rings true. It’s something I’ve learned so much about from you, getting to be in control of your own narrative. And, at this point, it should be an expectation, not something that you’re asking permission for. I feel like I’m getting closer to that, not taking on all the baggage when I have to just stand up for myself and say, ‘No, I’m uncomfortable with that.’ And I really appreciate you and mom being examples of that, being able to speak about our achievements, these things that deserve to be celebrated, without feeling bashful about it.”
On Beyonce as a big sister:
“You did a kickass job. You were the most patient, loving, wonderful sister ever. In the 30 years that we’ve been together, I think we’ve only really, like, butted heads … we can count on one hand.”
You can read the complete interview here.
And in the meantime, Solange is preparing for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, in which she scored a nomination in the Best R&B Performance category for her hit single “Cranes In the Sky.”
Written By: Jnelle Belle