Solange Knowles graces the cover for ‘Lucky’ magazine’s August 2014 issue wearing a mix of summer hues whilst sporting gorgeous natural locks.
The rest of her editorial is equally colourful, seeing her wearing pieces from Alexander Wang and Kenzo, plus super-chic shades from Karen Walker, solidifying her fashionista status.
Despite ‘Lucky’ being a fashion magazine, they of course had to bring up the elevator fracas with brother-in-law Jay Z, but Solange Knowles insists things are fine between her and her sister Beyonce.
Here are some extracts from her interview.
On the elevator fight: ‘What’s important is that my family and I are all good. What we had to say collectively was in the statement that we put out, and we all feel at peace with that.[…] We’ve always held each other down no matter what. That’s something I’m drilling into Julez now.”
On touring with Destiny’s Child: ‘I had no idea how to dance hip-hop at the time. I was trained in classical ballet. But it sounded chill and I was going to make a little weekly check and be with my whole family, so I said okay. I loved traveling. We were in Europe for a month, and that’s when my musical eyes opened up. There, Björk was on pop radio. She wasn’t some obscure underground thing like she was in America.’
On her injury which forced her to take a year off from dancing: ‘Dance had been my everything since I was a little girl and all of a sudden I couldn’t do it. Some beautiful things came out of that year but also some painful things. I started writing songs because I had all of these emotions that were so real.’
On sharing her music with Kelly Rowland first but being too nervous to tell her parents: ‘Kelly’s like a sister. When I let her hear my music, she said, “I want you to write for my album.” That gave me a lot of confidence.’
On why she decided to move to New Orleans: ‘I lived in New York and L.A. and they were different worlds I learned to navigate. Fashion and music have so many elements I’m connected to, but they also have parts that I’m not so interested in. I can step in and step out of those worlds. Being in New Orleans gives me space.’
On how she keeps it together: ‘I think about all of those phases that I went through and the ridicule and whatever that I experienced. And I can’t think of one time where I ever felt like I was going to break. That’s because I had confidence instilled in me by my parents. They didn’t always like it—in fact, most of the time they didn’t—but they never asked me to change.’
Credit: Todd Cole for Lucky