Solange Knowles Dishes On A Few Life Lessons’ She’s Learned With Harper’s BAZAAR
In the newest issue of Harper’s Bazaar 27-year-old singer and style icon Solange Knowles dished on a few lessons she’s learned in life from style, to music, relationships and being a mother. Check out highlights from the interview.
On wanting to be in the music industry and how it’s rubbed off on her son:
My parents [Tina & Matthew Knowles] 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. […] It’s certainly not what I have in mind for him [Julez]. 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 finding her style:
You can pull images of me from seven to 14 years ago and I was absolutely nuts. I have always been drawn to interesting pieces and colors, but I didn’t quite know how to limit myself and make those statement pieces work. I had to stabilize our lives and stay in one place. It sounds silly, I know, but having space for my clothes made a huge difference. I was able to get organized, free myself of clutter, and develop a style that felt like me.
One being married and divorced by the age of 21:
I was lucky with Julez. I was completely lost when we [her and former husband] moved to Idaho, out in the country, and I devoted everything to him. 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 current and past relationships
Luckily, I dated all of the losers ages ago. My love life has been stable for a while. It’s a fucked-up thing—without conflict it’s a lot harder to write interesting songs.
Her outlook on life at the age of 27:
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.
You can read the full write up over on Harper’s Bazaar.
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