Solange Knowles has a message for Evening Standard Magazine: don’t touch my hair.
According to the singer, who recently graced the cover of the fashion publication, she’s not here for the final edit — not one bit. On the cover, Knowles, rocking braids, poses effortlessly, sporting a pair of statement pearl earrings and a white ruffled top.
However, from the looks of the original photo shared by Knowles via Instagram, the periodical left one small thing out — an architectural braided crown above her head. In true Solange fashion, she made her discontent known via social media.
The Grammy winner, who released the song “Don’t Touch My Hair” as part of her third studio album, captioned the original image on her account with the abbreviation “dtmh.”
Solange even spoke about the significance of hair braiding with the magazine, calling it “its own art form.”
“I got to experience women arriving in one state of mind and leaving in a completely transformed way,” she recalled to the mag of her experiences at her mother’s salon. “It wasn’t just about the hair. It was about the sisterhood and the storytelling. Being a young girl who was really active in dance, theatre and on the swim team, the salon was a kind of safe haven.”
Meanwhile, the piece’s writer, Angelica Bastien, rejected the piece in a statment. “I am publicly disowning the Solange piece London Evening Standard published today. The entire piece was a fiasco despite my efforts,” she wrote on Twitter. “I told my editors to take my name off of the byline because they distorted my work and reporting in ways that made me very uncomfortable.
“Disowning the piece this publicly is meant to get across my displeasure with what was published. I don’t want this piece attached to my rep as a writer at all. Hopefully, disowning it gets that across.”
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