this girl is on fire. solange lit up the pages of complex magazine for her new cover and feature for the june/july issue. shot by team JUCO (remember they beasted our own nikia phoenix’s “freckles” editorial), styeld by peju famojure, her hair laid by nikki nelms and face beat to the heavens by munemi imai she slays in a modern, retro mod editorial fitted with classic 70′s and 80′s plastic covered furniture, shag rugs and polyester curtains. the stand out, however, is solange, who appears as a beautiful juxtiposition decked in gottex and louboutins.
like most articles she’s been feature in, solange comes across as your homegirl next door. not just your average “don’t blink and you’ll miss her” girl next door, it’s much more than that. her drive and down-to-earth persona is what sets her apart from the ordinary, and is seen in her go-getter attitude and street style whit to make it by any means necessary which recently included pooling frequent flyer miles with her mom to fly her crew to cape town south africa to shoot “loosing you.” “i had to get very creative with how i was gonna pull it all together. having an intimate team makes you much more resourceful. it comes out the way you want it to, and there’s not a committee of thinkers and observers.”
one of the things we love about solange is that she does not bend. in a world where she has 50-11 people wanting to tell her what to do and how to do it, she’s continually stayed true to herself. she exudes a sense of peace about herself, her mind and her spirit that is not easy for her to hide (not that she ever would). oftentimes in interviews with the singer, the focus is sharply on her being the “sister of, who is doing her own thing because” and it’s obviously that her being is much more than who she is not or who she is in contrast to. solange is who she is despite her background. if you plucked her out of her life and into another where she’s born as herself but in another lifetime, you’d stil have solange and that is what makes all the difference. she knows herself and her music, like an extension of her solidly planted spirit, is telling no matter how anyone else responds to it. for her it’s not about passing and immediately forgotten “likes” and “thumbs ups” as if this were a social media game of popularity, it’s about connecting to those who love her artistry whether that be 100 people or 1 million because that’s were she knows her true connections are – where her music never gets lost. it’s what makes her uniquely on fire. “it’s just about putting the music out when it’s ready. when i wake up in the morning, i get dressed for myself, i listen to what i wanna listen to, i make decisions for me. it’s been interesting to navigate that from such a young age so publicly. but life is short and you have to live for you. i would never wanna look back on my life and feel like i missed out on any of that.” – Solange