One of my favorite style icon’s Solange is featured in the latest issue of Lurve Magazine. She had an open discussion about her hair, fashion choices, Carol’s Daughter, and having less boundaries than Beyoncé growing up. This wouldn’t be an interview without a fab fashion spread.
Solange on having less boundaries than Beyoncé growing up: ” I think your parents set so much structure in the first child because it’s so new and fresh, and you are trying to do everything right, and by the second one you’re like, ‘Eh, they’ll be okay.” In one way, I think that my parents’ leniency really allowed me the freedom and experiences to be a very independent thinker. In a lot of ways, I had the freedom to really explore the world. They trusted me and I really tried to hold value in that. That is, until I got pregnant. [laughs]”
Solange on her hair:
“I made some comments on Twitter recently about an article someone sent me that a young writer wrote about how much energy we are putting into other people’s natural hair. I thought it was really interesting, and in a lot of ways true. That is until I came across the part of the article that mentioned how certain commenters were debating on the texture of my hair in its natural state.
I really, truly was not even aware that there was a natural hair system in place to measure the texture of your hair. At that point I thought to myself, “This is really kind of crazy…that these people know more about my hair than the human that even carries it!” I went to my Twitter and sort of impulsively expressed that. I don’t regret it one bit but sometimes trying to put how you feel in an one-hundred forty character structure is not very successful. It sometimes comes off as ranty and aggressive, and that was not my stance at all.”
Solange on her personal style:
“I look at some of my fashion choices back in the day… You know how people say, ‘Who let her walk out of the house that way?’ Oh believe me, I had the people and they tried, but I resisted the arrest! Life is supposed to be about experimenting and going for it, especially in your twenties. So I have to just go for it, and laugh later. Having a sense of humor is really the key to keeping my sanity. Not taking myself or others too seriously. Once I really defined my expectations in terms of how to navigate through the fashion world without getting myself too invested, I’ve had a hell of a lot of fun,”
Solange on breaking off her partnership with Carol’s Daughter: “I’m actually no longer a part of Carol’s Daughter, but throughout my entire time working with them, I was constantly fighting for the right message to be heard: the way we wear our hair is a personal choice, there’s no right or wrong way; one way doesn’t make us more intelligent, or more superficial, and everyone makes that choice for very different reasons.”
Solo you don’t have to explain your hair or fashion choices to anyone. Just do you!