The alternative appeal of Solange Knowles
Bootylicious. Overt sex symbol. Mainstream. None of these words have much to do with 26-year-old Solange Knowles and perhaps that’s why we love her. By we, I’m referring to young women who like Solange, appear to have embarked on a personal journey to ‘Mecca’ – in search of what it means to be comfortable in your own skin.
As the younger sister of Beyonce, it was never going up be an easy ride for Solange when she decided she wanted to sing. Let’s face it, Solange’s early music releases, such as Feeling You were okay.
Cute, in an ‘Aww… look at Beyonce’s little sister’ kind of way. But it was all too easy to draw comparisons between the two musicians. Despite record labels trying to give her a different angle, she always did fall into that trap of being stuck in her big sister’s shadow. Which is quite possibly the inspiration behind Solange’s track F**k The Industry [Signed Sincerely]. Ouch.
After a break away from the media spotlight, Queen Bey’s little sister has grown. Married with child, divorced. Instead of racking up number ones in the charts, the Texan-turned-Brooklynite has had time to experience life. And enough time to experiment with her personal style of sound and look: growing out her relaxer, ditching the flowing weaves to re-emerge with a look that couldn’t be further removed from Beyonce’s.
From shaved hair to rebellious ‘fro and bold, bohemian braids, Solange has experimented with her hair as often as her take on fashion, setting trends along the way. Instead of choosing high maintenance styles, she emulates a vibe that’s laid back, thrown together and Alexa Chung chic – all while celebrating African heritage. Quite frankly, Solange Knowles is a modern Afro-bearing style icon who is making a statement but in a very understated way.
On Tuesday, Solange released the video for her new single Losing You, her first solo music release since 2010. Here, we see a very comfortable Solange roaming the streets of South Africa, dressed in the highest of fashions: this season’s must-have tailored suits emblazoned with vivid colour. Funnily enough, just like those aforementioned words, the lyrics of the song don’t have much to do with the video direction. But in an awkwardly stylish way it seems Solange truly is happy in her own skin. In fact the only element of her that isn’t relaxed is quite possibly her hair.Tagged in: Beyonce, Beyoncé Knowles, Losing you, Solange Knowles
Recent Posts on Arts
- Crowds at Lahore Lit Fest ignore bomb risks and raise hopes for Pakistan’s future
- Rolo Tomassi Interview: “It's comforting to know that we've not been treated as a novelty”
- Goblin's Claudio Simonetti on Profondo Rosso reaching the big 4-0
- Friday Book Design Blog: The Ecliptic, by Benjamin Wood
- Ask the Author: Vivian French
Latest from Independent journalists on Twitter