Solange Gets Candid With Big Sister Beyonce For ‘Interview’ Magazine
R&B singer-songwriter Solange Knowles ended 2016 on a high note as her third studio album, A Seat at the Table, received wide critical acclaim from music critics and fans alike. It also became her first #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with sales of 46,000 (72,000 with additional album-equivalent units) copies sold in its first week. She also earned her first Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance.
Solange sat down with her big sister, Beyonce, for an interview with Interview magazine. Inside her cover story titled In Control, the 30-year-old speaks about her reasoning for making the album, growing up with Beyonce as her sister, growing up in Houston and more. She also poses for a photoshoot with photographer Mikael Jansson, where she wears pieces from Balenciaga, DKNY and Bottega Veneta – just to name a few:
ON MAKING THE ALBUM: “For this record specifically, it really started with wanting to unravel some truths and some untruths. There were things that had been weighing heavy on me for quite some time. And I went into this hole, trying to work through some of these things so that I could be a better me and be a better mom to Julez and be a better wife and a better friend and a better sister. Which is a huge part of why I wanted you to interview me for this piece. Because the album really feels like storytelling for us all and our family and our lineage. And having mom and dad speak on the album, it felt right that, as a family, this closed the chapter of our stories.”
ON GROWING UP WITH BEYONCE AS HER SISTER: “You did a kickass job. You were the most patient, loving, wonderful sister ever. In the 30 years that we’ve been together, I think we’ve only really, like, butted heads … we can count on one hand.”
ON GROWING UP IN HOUSTON: “Growing up on Parkwood was so inspiring because we got to see a little bit of everything. We grew up in the same neighborhood that produced Scarface, Debbie Allen and [Allen’s sister] Phylicia Rashad. So, culturally, it was as rich as it gets. People were warm. People were friendly. But the biggest thing that I took from it is the storytelling.”