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Solange is something like a friend in my head. There’s something so encouraging and uplifting about a Black woman who feels comfortable being her true, authentic self. Recently, Solange shared her beauty secrets with Glamour. But they’re not regular beauty tips like drink plenty of water and wear the right concealer. They’re like good life tips. And a good life is certainly a beautiful one.
Check out some of her tips and stories below.
Don’t be afraid to change your hair.
My mom owned a hair salon in Houston. She didn’t have sitters, so she’d pick [my sister, Beyonce, and me] up from school, and we’d spend evenings there. We saw women cut their hair and get extensions the next day; the transformation was powerful. So when we were little, we both cut all our hair off, then we said, “Put it back!” She encouraged us to try things—that was huge.
Wash Your Face.
Halle Berry has said she’s washed her face every night since she was 14. I heard that and thought, It’s time to get my sh-t together! She’s almost 50 and looks my age . I’m trying to wash every night; I use Cetaphil and Epicuren.
Just because you’re Black doesn’t mean you don’t have to wear sunscreen
I used to think, I’m black, I don’t need SPF—which is completely untrue. My issue with sunscreen was that weird white mask, but I love Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense because it doesn’t give me that.
Take a dance class for glow.
Learning hip-hop choreography makes me feel super radiant, though I really embarrassed myself at my last class. It was in New Orleans—the people here are respectful, so there’s no evidence online!
Embrace humidity and “co-washing.”
I stand outside the shower and let the steam make my hair bigger. Also, I never really shampoo; I co-wash [use only conditioner] instead.
Invest in inner beauty.
Every child should have access to education. When Kiehl’s asked me to collaborate on a design for its Line-Reducing Concentrate, I was super excited—the company has a long history of giving back. Proceeds go to organizations important to me: Son of a Saint, which helps fatherless boys in NewOrleans and beyond; 14+ Foundation, which builds schools in Africa; and donorschoose.org for education programs.
Be inspired by your friends.
I look to my group of incredibly beautiful and talented friends for inspiration. We all identify beauty by our own terms. And at the end of the day, no one takes themselves too seriously.
Check out the rest of the tips and stories here.
New York Fashion Week has taken over the city and fashionistas on and off the runway have been making major style statements. One thing we noticed is that fall footwear is creeping in early this year. Summer isn’t officially over until next week, but already style stars like Ciara and Solange Knowles have been rocking thigh-high boots. So get ready to step up your shoe game with these four street style-inspired looks pulled straight from fashion week.
Kim Kardashian West
When Rihanna threw a party to kick off NYFW, Kim Kardashian showed up in a monochromatic outfit by one of her favorite labels, Givenchy. But the real kicker was her open-toe, over-the-knee boots. The slip-on boots are rumored to be designed by none other than her hubby, Kanye West, so it’s a sure bet that we’ll be seeing more of these in the near future. In the meantime, try this look on for size for much less.
Since Monday, stylish and smart women across Instagram have been reposting images of Solange’s new Puma collaboration and it’s not just because of the sneakers but the women involved.
The “Word to the Woman” line features dynamic trailblazers from all walks of life including doctors and artists sporting the new speakers. Solange expressed her excitement of having full creative control and bringing the first of two lines to life on Instagram:
“So d*mn excited to present @wordtothewoman, my @puma • @saintheron collaboration celebrating women who are doing incredible innovating things and redefining their roles in various walks of life with a multi experience campaign and two collections… As usual, thank you @puma for giving me a platform with full freedom to express and support ideas, people, and projects I’m really passionate.”
Was super honored to have art/creative direct visuals for these 14 ladies ( poet @cleowade is pictured here) all so super talented, distinctive and beautiful, and I couldn’t be more proud of the the entire collection… and thank you @quazimottoonwx For collaborating on these beautiful images…you truly killed it! (and I’m sure wanted to kill me sometimes, lol) The first collection designed alongside @softcircle IS OUT TODAY!
The collaboration is the hipster soulful songstress’ third partnership with Puma where she stands as creative consultant and art director. Each woman featured in the “Word to Woman” campaign is making an impact in their respective fields and sat down to be interviewed by Knowles with videos set to be released throughout the campaign.
The collaboration brings Puma’s Siox2 and Solange’s Saint Heron music label together for an inspiring time of style and celebration, reminding us of all the ways Black girls rock.
Check out some of the women featured and their stories on the next few pages.
This year ditch your basic comfy ensemble of tees and shorts for super sexy 4th of July style. These stars are baring arms, legs, tummies and fashion all day long. Bold colors, leather skirts and alluring footwear are all part of the package.
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4th of July Style: 15 Haute And Sexy Star Looks
Neon dresses are pretty fab and working the scene in and out of Hollywood. Get inspired by these top stars to give your LBD a break and go bold in this bright, haute trend.
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This time last week, the Met Gala took place in New York City with a lot of fanfare, and thankfully, a lot less drama this time around.
If you’ll recall, after last year’s star-studded and classy event, Jay Z took a street a**-whoopin’ from Solange Knowles over a situation people were never able to get to the bottom of. Many assumed that because Beyoncé allowed her sister to kick and swing at him in an elevator for a quite a few minutes before finally stepping in, the rapper had done something inappropriate.
Fingers were pointed at fashion designer Rachel Roy (she was accused of being flirtatious) and there was speculation of infidelity and marital drama for weeks after the fact. The couple tried to distract people from all of it with their “On The Run” tour. Fast forward to a year later and things seem to be in a much better place for the powerful duo. No more family fighting (just back-to-back white weddings). No more cheating rumors. Just family vacations and walking hand-in-hand. Thank goodness.
So they arrived fashionably late to the Met Gala, went in and enjoyed themselves, and walked out without a care. The only thing people were talking about that night was Beyoncé’s gown and her insane body.
But days later, people have something to say when it comes to the couple’s appearance at the Met Gala, but it has to do with Rita Ora. She is an artist signed to Roc Nation, and a singer known by many for…well, always being pictured at events. We can’t really name a song by her though.
The picture you see above is from the evening of the Met Gala, and it shows a giddy Ora hugging on her boss as he has an in-depth conversation with Diddy. Her chin seems to be on his back, and her embrace, from my vantage point, seems to be one that was meant to be one of those “Surprise!” hugs before the recipient of your squeeze turns around to greet you. It looks innocent considering that she did it in front of everyone, but the fact that such a display of affection was public may also be part of the problem. According to the Internet, homegirl was highly inappropriate at this moment.
“I really think Rita meant no harm but that pic looks bad on her part & makes Jay look even worst. Your suppose to check a female when something like that happens.”
“If ANY woman dares to hug my man from the back, I’m not holding myself accountable for the violence I emit.”
“Maybe she was drunk or overly excited ( for whatever reason), I don’t know. But, this is just too close for comfort. Yes, Rita is like a little sister to both Jay n Bey but uhhhhh, this is a bit much.”
Even your friend Wendy Williams thought Ora was doing too much, but also placed blame on Jay Z:
“A hug is not just a hug. I venture to say that a hug from behind is way more intimate from a hug from the front. Even as a married woman, you can go up and give a man a hug and kiss on two cheeks, and your husband could be standing right there, but you know to create separation and don’t linger. But a hug from the back? Rita Ora knew exactly what she was doing…When you’re married, you have to have your swat game up.”
But some felt it was a harmless hug people have blown out of proportion:
“I think that hug was innocent. Didn’t Jay Z help jump start Rita Ora’s career?”
“I don’t think Rita Ora did anything wrong. I picture her and Jay-Z having a brother sister relationship. I highly doubt Beyonce cares about this photo (which people could and probably ARE taking way out of context) so why do ya’ll care. Sit. down.”
Ora has since had a majority of her Instagram photos bombarded with bees, which only means one thing: the BeyHive has awoken, and they’re piiiiiissed. They’ve told her to “go die,” they’ve made comments about her looks, and they’ve literally just trolled for the past three days. As always, Beyoncé’s fans love to do the most, and it’s not even that serious…
But I must admit, Ora was just a tad bit disrespectful. I don’t think she meant any harm, and I’m under the impression that she has a comfortable relationship with both Jay and Bey. Plus, she’s clearly a fan of Beyoncé. She did her own version of the “7/11” video, and when asked about last year’s cheating rumors surrounding the couple, Ora quickly came to their defense on “The Breakfast Club”:
“Don’t you dare disrespect Beyoncé like that ever again in your entire life. You should know better than that…that’s just straight-up disrespect. You can’t even go there.”
So she rides for her boss and his wife–she just may be riding a little too hard.
Hugging another woman’s husband from behind is just one of those things you shouldn’t do. You don’t want to give anyone any ideas, and you don’t want to get too comfortable with someone else’s spouse. It can appear as though you’re flirting, even if you swear that you aren’t (just ask Kenya Moore), and it’s like you (yes, I’m talking to you valued reader) trying to hold hands with a colleague’s man, or hugging up on your very married boss. You just don’t do it.
I’m about 1000% sure that Beyoncé was not pressed about this hug (and Solange came to the Gala with her husband this year, so she was distracted and unable to kick a** and take names), so there’s no reason to read Ora for filth. But this is a good example for others when it comes to boundaries and how to behave around someone’s husband or significant other. Since he is her boss and the husband of someone else, she overstepped her boundaries. A light tap to get his attention and a quick hug would have sufficed. And considering that we haven’t even seen Beyoncé display this sort of affection towards her own husband in public, I have to state that it just wasn’t a good look for Ora.
I say all that to say, keep your distance and always remember to have boundaries when it comes to other people’s partner’s, ladies. The last thing you want is to get your reputation dragged, or your wig snatched over a misunderstanding…Don’t start none, won’t be none.
Let us be clear, this season’s crop of fashion on the Met Gala red carpet was not our favorite. The theme of “China: Through The Looking Glass” really didn’t work for anybody…or maybe we just didn’t get the references. The MET needs to stop with the themes, it just seems to throw everybody off.
Le sigh. Grap your cup…
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“I Have Four Incredible Daughters” Tina Knowles Lawson Pens Open Letter To Her Children For Mother’s Day
— adegoke (@ghowkay) April 23, 2015
In honor of Mother’s Day this upcoming weekend, Time magazine asked influential mothers to write open letters to the daughters in their lives. Tina Knowles Lawson was one of those women; and in addition to addressing her biological daughters, Beyoncé and Solange, she also wrote to Kelly Rowland and her niece Angie.
See what she had to say in the letter below.
To Beyoncé, Solange, Kelly and Angie
When I was asked to write an open letter to you, I thought about the hundreds of texts and emails that I have sent to you on holidays and on Sundays, when I ask you to say a prayer to thank God for each other. Every day, I wake up thinking about how much I love, admire and cherish each of you.
I gave birth to two of you, but I have four incredible daughters. Writing this brought to mind all the ways you guys have been such a blessing to me.
When I’m feeling sad or not-so-cute or maybe a little sorry for myself, and you all include me in your group chat and tell me how hot I still look or how cool I am. Maybe you send me a crazy YouTube video. What actually works best is a cute photo of my grandchildren.
I remember slumber parties after my divorce, when we watched old movies and ate a lot of ice cream. I felt so loved and supported. The roles were reversed, and it was ME who needed nurturing.
I remember my first date when every one of you weighed in on what I should wear.
The obvious things about all of you are apparent. You are all strong, beautiful, intelligent and smart businesswomen. You are so much more than that. You are all kind, generous and you treat people well. You are all amazing mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends. All of you have total self-respect.
Beyoncé, I wish people could see how you are when you’re not in front of the camera or on the stage. How compassionate and kind you are to people, how you look them right in the eye when you speak to them. How hard you work, how generous you are with your time and money. How you don’t care if anyone knows about it because you do it from the heart. I wish they could see you with the Make-A-Wish Foundation kids, how patient you are and how your love has helped to extend lives. Yes, you are a huge star, but you have somehow managed to stay grounded and humble in the wake of all your success.
Solange, I knew when you were born three days late that you would walk to the beat of your own drum. You were always my rebel warrior! Always defending the underdog and fighting for what you believe in. I remember you, at 10 years old, started a petition to remove a bad teacher, and your dad and I were so proud of you. I love that you do not let others define who you are, or what you are. Whether in your music, fashion or your life, you truly are your own incredible, unapologetic person! As tough as you are, you will drop everything to take care of someone you love.
Kelly, I know without a doubt that you were a true gift from God. You came to live with us when you were only 11 years old. You were the sweetest, most kind person I had ever met and you still are. You are also a true survivor. You never give up. Your discipline and drive always inspires me. You make me want to take better care of my body and constantly motivate me to exercise and take time for myself. You have the best listening skills and are a loyal friend to many. I’ve seen you take the jewelry off of your arm and give it to someone because you wanted to make them feel good.
Angie, you are my niece, but we have always been more like mother and daughter! You were always so mature, always challenging me and questioning why. (Fortunately I never believed in the “Because I said so” or “I’m the adult” crap, either.) I always trusted that you would look out for and protect Solange, Kelly and Beyoncé, and you did! You still do sometimes. You are so smart and perceptive, and you see through bullshit right away! You’ve always had our backs. Our own family fixer!! You know I call you Olivia Pope!!!!!
I’m often asked, what was my most proud moment? I would have to say it was at my recent wedding, when all four of you said in your own words that I taught by example and that I helped to make you the women you are today!!!! That was truly my proudest moment!
All my love,
The First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray also wrote a very moving letter to her children Dante and Chiara which you can read on the next page.
Get ready to blush and gush as these celebrity moms dish on what motherhood means to them and how they manage to have it and balance it all.
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On April 12th entrepreneur Tina Knowles and actor Richard Lawson tied the knot in a lavish all white wedding on a yacht in Newport Beach California. She was surrounded by lots of loved ones including Beyonce, Jay Z, Solange, Blue Ivy, Kelly Rowland and many more. The theme was all white and the ladies added a pop of color by having red lips. The photos of the ladies is reminiscent of the photos that were taken at her daughter Solanges recent wedding in New Orleans.
This is a second marriage for Tina. After 31 years of marriage, she separated from Mathew Knowles and divorced in 2011 and in an interview with PEOPLE she shared ‘There was a time when I doubted if I would find love again.’ This is also a second marriage for Lawson who was married to Denise Gordy and divorced in 1989.
“To walk down the aisle and see all my friends and family and to see my handsome man standin’ there, and to know that at 61 you can still find love and have a magical day like that … it was really beautiful,” Knowles told People magazine. and added “It was important to me to have a wedding and walk in white, because sometimes we feel that at a certain age you should act a certain way. You can find love at any age. You just have to go for it.”
She spoke more on why she chose all white attire. “Beyonce started it, and then Kelly and Solange had all-white weddings,’ she said. ‘It’s just elegant, and white represents the purity of love.”
Tina also shared that her granddaughter Blue Ivy was her inspiration to get married again. “Richard said, ‘Oh, Blue, soon. Do you approve?’ And she said yes. That’s the first time we talked seriously about getting married.”