I can’t think of anything more disrespectful than having a magazine alter my hair after I had it meticulously fashioned specifically for a photoshoot with that outlet than having a mag do the above after I specifically spoke to them about the importance of owning my image. And yet, that is exactly what happened to Solange following her interview with the Evening Standard.
Yesterday, we told you about the conversation she had with the UK publication about how owning her body was so important to her this past year. She said, specifically, “That can mean a lot of things. That can be in physical form — wanting to have control over my physical body — and also wanting to have control in the way it is presented to the world.”
Part of that control, I would assume, meant choosing the intricate braid design she wore for her spread with the mag.
And yet, what appeared as the featured image for the piece was a photo of the 31-year-old sans the braided crown she actually wore. The original style seen above was meant to represent the Orion constellation, which, Huffington Post notes, “Solange said is something that holds special meaning to her. It is what inspired the name of her latest performance series, Orion’s Rise, and it is even tattooed on her inner right arm.”
This omission prompted the singer to post a photo of what her hair really looked like with the classy caption “dtmh @eveningstandardmagazine,” i.e. don’t touch my hair, i.e. don’t touch my hair after I specifically told you I want to own the way my image is presented to the world.
Interestingly, the artist isn’t the only one who took issue with the piece. One of the article’s original authors, Angelica Bastien, tweeted that she asked the Evening Standard to remove her name from the byline “because they distorted my work and reporting in ways that made me very uncomfortable.”
Perhaps the full lesson here is don’t touch my hair or my words.