Colorful songstress Solange Knowles is sharing her style and part of her personal story in Harpers Bazaar. Shot by Julia Noni and styled by Fashion Editor Joanna Hillman, the 27-year-old mother of Juelz’ eclectic style bleeds from the pages (or internet for that matter). Check out a few of our favorite excepts below.
If she wants her son to follow in her musical footsteps:
It’s certainly not what I have in mind for him. I’m constantly trying to push him to work at the U.N., or be a diplomat. I try to convince him by explaining that he wouldn’t have to wait in lines at the airport, and that he can park anywhere.
On her parents trying to talk her out of venturing into music:
My parents constantly tried to talk me out of being an artist. They had gone through the whole journey with my sister and just wanted me to have a normal teenage life.
On co-parenting with her ex-husband, Daniel Smith:
We co-parent really well. I’m able to say, ‘I need to finish this album, can you step up and take care of the boy?’
On how she handled her divorce at a young age:
In a lot of ways, emotionally and mentally, I feel far older than 27. Just going through a marriage and a divorce—which I essentially did by 21—will give you an insane amount of perspective on life.
On how bad relationships earlier in life, helped her in her relationship with video director Alan Ferguson:
Luckily, I dated all of the losers ages ago. My love life has been stable for a while. It’s a f*cked-up thing—without conflict it’s a lot harder to write interesting songs.
On how she feels like she’s lived and matured, at age 27, as most have by their 30s:
Everyone talks about how, in your 30s, all of these growing pains transition into wisdom and you feel more self-assured and confident, but I think I had a bit of a jump-start on that at 27. For the first time in my life, I’m basing every decision around the idea of whether I want to do it or if I think it will be inspiring. And that’s paid off for me.
On being labeled a ‘tastemaker’:
I’ve always had an annoying relationship with the term ‘tastemaker,’ but it’s been a defining part of my career for the past couple of years.