WORK! Solange Gets Glam For Spread In LURVE, Talks Hair, Leaving Carol’s Daughter And Fashion Fails
Another day, another fashion spread with Ms. Solange Knowles, but this time with LURVE magazine, where she got her Diana Ross on with big eyes, big hair and the fanciest-looking fashions. Aside from showcasing ‘fits by Dolce and Gabbana and high-stepping in Louboutins, Solo also talked to the magazine about growing up with less restrictions than her sister, and dealing with her hair critics.
In the mag, Solo joked about her fashion mistakes from the past (yes girl, the red micros and Jamaican flag colored outfits were a no-no), and how it made her brave when it comes to taking fashion risks today:
“I mean, 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?” or “She needs more people!”… Oh believe me, I had the people, and they tried, but I resisted the arrest! Life is suppose to be about experimenting and going for it, especially in your twenties. So I have to just go for it, and laugh later.”
She also commented on the boundaries that were set for big sister Beyoncé, but not so much for her. Because her parents gave her the chance to do and try more, she had the space to make good and bad decisions, learn from them, and explore–and get pregnant:
“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]”
And of course, what kind of interview would it be with Solo if they didn’t bring up her hair? She commented on the issues of her complaints about attention on her hair, and the fact that she was also profiting off of it via her work with Carol’s Daughter:
“I’m actually really trying to navigate my feelings on the entire hair issue and it’s tough doing that publicly. On one hand, I can’t ignore the fact that I have done things that have put attention on my hair with going on Oprah and being apart of 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 message that, 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 every one makes that choice for very different reasons.”
And she says she really didn’t know how deep issues with hair were, hers in particular, until she realized people were out here critiquing her hair texture. Hence that Twitter rant a few months back:
“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.”
Photos: Necole Bitchie/Courtesy of LURVE – Ellen Von Unwerth
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