In her first really public interview since her now-famed elevator altercation with brother-in-law Jay Z after this year's Met Gala, Solange Knowles has snagged the cover of Lucky magazine's August issue. She talks about the incident (which she refers to as "that thing"), her predispostion to wearing crazy prints and colours, her unbreakable bond with sister Beyoncé, and more.
Read on for the five best quotes from Solange's interview with Lucky!
1. On the elevator incident: "What’s important is that my family and I are all good. What we had to say collectively was in the statement that we put out, and we all feel at peace with that."
2. On how she's able to pursue such brave fashion choices: "I think about all of those phases that I went through, and the ridicule and whatever that I experienced. And I can’t think of one time where I ever felt like I was going to break. That’s because I had confidence instilled in me by my parents [and my sister]. They didn’t always like it—in fact, most of the time they didn’t—but they never asked me to change."
3. On her temporary exit from the music industry in 2004: "I was serious about my songwriting, but not necessarily too gung ho on all the other elements of being an artist—the public nature of things, the lack of privacy, the feeling of always needing to be on. I also felt really misunderstood by my peers and the musical landscape that I was in."
4. On her Harajuku Girl phase in sixth grade: "It was not good. I had on stars-and-stripes stockings with a poufy skirt, two balls in my head, some crazy sweater and platform sneakers. When I went to the Sharpstown Mall in Houston with a friend, people were falling out laughing. It was a hot mess, but I was committed."
5. On the source of all her fashion experimentation: "When I look back at old pictures, my dad was always smartly dressed, my mum had the most elegant, beautiful style, and my sister was very into the ’90s Cross Colours look, and I … I just had all of these different things inside me."