Never did I imagine that grandma’s old plastic covered couches could look so sexy. Thanks to Solange Knowles I was given new perspective! Knowles has been added to the roster of cool chics to be featured on the cover of Complex Magazine. I can no longer anticipate the release of next month’s issue to see why she emphasizes the importance of some words of advice that she frequently reminds herself– “Don’t you ever, ever bend or break because of who you are.”
Posing alongside vintage furniture with swimsuits and Christian Louboutin pumps may initially come off as a contradiction, yet the styling for this shoot meshes perfectly with Solange’s out of the ordinary, eclectic style. Entitled “Hot On Her Heels” Complex shares a new look at the younger sister of Beyoncé, who truly lives outside her shadow, remains unapologetic, and “unafraid to be honest”–says friend & musician Jay Electronica.
The singer/songwriter/DJ/mommy obviously switches up roles day by day. Even after leaving her label, Interscope-Geffen-A&M, she has been able to find much success as an indie artist. After receiving a lot of positive feedback from her EP, True, which debuted last November she has admitted to finding her sound with from her natural chemistry with producer Dev Hynes. The duo have truly made fun tunes that you can dance and sing along to–something that reminds me of the groove from Aaliyah’s self-entitled album AALIYAH.
Ruling other facets of artistry, Solange has announced via Twitter that she has started her own label under SONY music, SAINT RECORDS, with which she has total creative and artistic domain.This Knowles sister may stand out for being the black sheep when compared to her sister, yet one thing is for sure, she carries the entrepreneurial and creative spirit of her parents. I think that these genes have ended up being the “special sauce” and underlying source of success for both artists. I admire Solange’s image, bravery, and style. She has been the perfect example of where “moving to the beat of your own drum” gets you. She is in no way in competition with her sister or anyone else for that matter, instead she wants to encourage fun and embracing oneself. With that being said I pass the same message along to you that Solange was given in grade school, “Don’t you ever, ever bend or break because of who you are.”