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Beyoncé grills Solange on sisterhood, empowerment and trusting your gut

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Pop power sisters don’t get much cooler than Beyoncé and Solange Knowles.

Beyoncé, 35, has won 20 Grammys and released no less than six groundbreaking albums, while her younger, edgier sister Solange, 30, is continuously making waves in the music industry with her politically powered tracks.

So when Beyoncé interviewed Solange for a piece in Interview magazine, we knew it was going to be good.

From musings on feminism and empowerment to instinct and sisterhood, see below for our pick of Solange’s best quotes.

Solange on the red carpet last year

Solange on the red carpet last year

On being a strong woman

Solange: “One thing that I constantly have to fight against is not feeling arrogant when I say I wrote every lyric on this album. I still have not been able to say that. That's the first time I've actually ever said it, because of the challenges that we go through when we celebrate our work and our achievements. 

“I remember Björk saying that she felt like, no matter what stage in her career, if a man is credited on something that she's done, he's going to get the credit for it. And, unfortunately, that still rings true.”


On sisterhood

Beyoncé: “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.”

Way back when: on the red carpet in 2002

Way back when: on the red carpet in 2002

On trusting your gut

Solange: “I always knew what I wanted… 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.

“Sometimes I haven't listened, and those times didn't end up very well for me.”


On taking control

Solange: “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. If she conjured up an idea, there was not one element of that idea that she was not going to have her hand in. She was not going to hand that over to someone.

“Society labels that a control freak, an obsessive woman, or someone who has an inability to trust her team or to empower other people to do the work, which is completely untrue.”

The pair on the frow in 2011

The pair on the frow in 2011

On heartbreak

Solange: “I was just coming out of my relationship with Julez's [her son’s] father. We were junior high school sweethearts, and so much of your identity in junior high is built on who you're with...

“I was working through a lot of challenges at every angle of my life, and a lot of self-doubt, a lot of pity-partying. And I think every woman in her twenties has been there – where it feels like no matter what you are doing to fight through the thing that is holding you back, nothing can fill that void.”


On why she makes her music

Solange: The biggest reward that I could ever get is seeing women, especially black women, talk about what this album has done, the solace it has given them. 

You can read the full feature in Interview magazine here

Images: Rex Features

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