In Solange's cover story for Interview magazine, her older sister Beyoncé interviews her about her newest album and musical influences, revealing a deeper side of the sisters' relationship.
The two make a fitting pair for the dialogue, and not just because they're sisters. Considering Beyoncé's Lemonade and Solange's A Seat at the Table released last year, both artists boast recent number one albums that explore black identity, racism and feminism. Their music was the perfect starting point for the conversation, which included their childhood and parents, "womanism" and "growing up in a hair salon," according to Solange.
After interviewing my mother and father for A Seat At The Table, it feels like full circle to have chosen my sister to interview me for @InterviewMag. Spoke about womanism, growing up in a hair salon, and choosing between "I could fall in love" and "No Me Queda Mas". It is one of my favorites to date.
Beyoncé, a proud big sister, did not hold back from gushing over her younger sibling. After calling her a "rock star," she added: "I'm so happy to interview you because, clearly, I'm your biggest fan and I'm super proud of you." She later added, "I remember thinking, 'My little sister is going to be something super special,' because you always seemed to know what you wanted."
And when she asked her sister about her inspirations to perform, Solange credited Beyoncé: "Growing up in a household with a master class such as yourself definitely didn't hurt." But she also gave their mother, Tina Lawson, some credit: "And, as far back as I can remember, our mother always taught us to be in control of our voice and our bodies and our work, and she showed us that through her example."
The two go on to talk about songwriting, comparisons between their father Mathew Knowles and rapper Master P, being influenced by their hometown of Houston, the now-iconic hairstyle in Solange's album cover and the "misconceptions about being a strong woman."
Plus, there are sweet sisterly moments like these:
Beyoncé: And, honestly, growing up, how did I do as a big sister?
Solange: 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
Beyoncé: I was expecting something funny, but I’ll take it. Thank you.
They also almost shared the funniest texts they received from their mother that week, but Beyoncé thought it was "too personal." Fair. We'll just to consult her Instagram instead.
See the full interview here.
"What are some misconceptions about being a strong woman?" @saintrecords answers real questions posed by @beyonce. Read their interview in full at www.interviewmagazine.com @mikaeljansson. Styling #KarlTempler. Hair @chuckielovehair. Makeup @markcarrasquillo. Manicure @megumiyamamotonyc. Set design #GerardSantos
Via Harper’s Bazaar UK