The iconic and cool Solange Knowles is no stranger to the slay.
After the release of her album A Seat At The Table clinched the number one spot in the US Billboard charts, the Knowles sister has cemented her status as a female visionary in the spotlight.
And now in another inspiring feat, the person who has trailblazed through the fashion, art and music stakes has decided to use her writing skills to pen an open letter to her teenage self.
The hilarious and heart-warming public note, featured in Teen Vogue, charts the singer’s dalliances with fashion, the eventual heartbreaks, and even her relationship with her mother.
“There will be fear. A lot of it,” writes Kowles. “There will be triumph. A lot of it. There will be constellations you want to reach for but can’t put your finger on.”
The 30-year-old continues: “You will trace them like the scars on your body you got from trouble and the times of your life. you will take the long way to get to these Orions. The long way will become a theme in your life, but a journey you learn to love.”
Detailing her “the Nas-aficionado-brown-lip-liner-and-Vaseline phase,” and “the football-player’s-girlfriend” stage of her life, Knowles is also accompanied by the cutest photos of her experimenting with these dalliances during her adolescence.
And while some outfit choices are best left in our teen years, the life lessons that Solange shares are timeless.
The letter is packed with inspo for all ages on the importance of love, powerful female role models and vulnerability, which is nothing less than what we’d expect from the Cranes In The Sky singer.
And, in a particularly raw moment, Knowles explains that it was the work of her mother, Tina, that made her feel as if anything is possible.
“You realise watching a woman balance being a supportive mother, building a successful business from the ground up that was started in her garage, and giving back to the community will make you feel invincible,” she explains.
“The universe chose your mom to be your mother.”
And even though the star, herself a mother-of-one, praises her mum for making her feel “fiercely independent and outgoing,” she advises readers to understand the power of the phrase “I need help.”
“Sometimes it is ok to say just that. It won’t make you less strong or less powerful. No-one you love will criticize you or blame you; in fact, they will lift you up,” adds Knowles.
And while there’s lessons in there for all of us, one thing is sure – Knowles is teaching the next generation of women to find power in their creativity in the best way possible.
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