Interview Magazine announcing Solange as the cover star for their February issue is enough news to make people suddenly stop doing whatever was previously deemed important. Shortly afterwards, it was learned that Solange’s big sister, Beyoncé, conducted the interview, and a warmth overtook my body. Without a doubt, this would be an interview that holds a level of intimacy and comfort other reporters could only dream of having with their subjects. The dialogue begins so naturally with Beyoncé asking about a parent-teacher conference, and from there it was easy to visualize two sisters just having a conversation instead of a forced, stuffy interview. Solange is not only an ethereal beauty, but also a creative that can’t be categorized who is full of love, light and wisdom. Here are 4 things learned (and reiterated) from Solange:
Always Follow Your Intuition
“I remember being really young and having this voice inside that told me to trust my gut. And my gut has been really, really strong in my life. It’s pretty vocal and it leads me. Sometimes I haven’t listened, and those times didn’t end up very well for me.”
Great Things Take Time
“‘Cranes in the Sky’ is actually a song that I wrote eight years ago…I remember thinking of it as an analogy for my transition—this idea of building up, up, up that was going on in our country at the time, all of this excessive building, and not really dealing with what was in front of us.”
Be Unapologetically Proud of Your Accomplishments
“And, at this point, it should be an expectation, not something that you’re asking permission for…being able to speak about our achievements, these things that deserve to be celebrated, without feeling bashful about it. ”
Collaboration is Key
“There’s no way to succeed without having a team and all of the moving parts that help bring it into life.” She continued while gushing about working with husband, Alan Ferguson. “I was so happy to have a partner in crime, because visual storytelling is just as important, if not more important in some ways, to the overall storytelling of my projects.”
Read the full interview here.
All photos courtesy of InterviewMagazine.com
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