Beyoncé and Solange Knowles are notoriously private with their personal lives, but in an inspiring interview with Interview Magazine, the superstars open up about what it means to be a sister, a woman, and an artist.
The sisters are one of three sibling pairs in history to have #1 albums. Fresh off the high that is A Seat At The Table, Solange answers Beyoncé’s questions about learning to trust herself, not being afraid to ask for what she wants, and growing up with a megastar as a big sister.
Here are 9 moving quotes from the Solange and Beyoncé Knowles interview.
After interviewing my mother and father for A Seat At The Table, it feels like full circle to have chosen my sister to interview me for @InterviewMag. Spoke about womanism, growing up in a hair salon, and choosing between "I could fall in love" and "No Me Queda Mas". It is one of my favorites to date.
1. Controlling your image:
“Our mother always taught us to be in control of our voice and our bodies and our work.”
2. Taking credit for your work:
“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. It’s something I’ve learned so much about from you, getting to be in control of your own narrative.”
3. On family:
“And I went into this hole, trying to work through some of these things so that I could be a better me and be a better mom to Julez and be a better wife and a better friend and a better sister. Which is a huge part of why I wanted you to interview me for this piece. Because the album really feels like storytelling for us all and our family and our lineage.”
4. Creating your own path:
“You and I were raised being told not to take the first thing that came our way, to build our own platforms, our own spaces, if they weren’t available to us.”
5. Using your voice to tell your story:
“On my previous records, I contributed to production here and there, but I was always really afraid to really get in there and… I guess I wasn’t really afraid, I was just really comfortable writing the songs. I felt like my contributions as a producer were enough. But when I started to work on the sonics for this record, I realized that I had to create such a very specific sonic landscape in telling the story. I had these jam sessions, and there were holes that no one else could really fill for me.”
6. Her reward for all of her hard work:
“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.”
7. How she presents herself:
“I do have—and I’m unafraid to say it—a very distinctive, clear vision of how I want to present myself and my body and my voice and my perspective. And who better to really tell that story than yourself?”
8. On womanism:
“I feel so happy that I got to grow up in a place where you could be the pastor’s wife, you could be a lawyer, you could be a stripper on the side, you could be a schoolteacher—we saw every kind of woman connect on one common experience, which was that everyone wanted to be great and everyone wanted to do better. And we really became womanist because of that. And that’s the thing that I carry with me the most, being able to go out into the world and connect with women of all kinds.”
9. What it was like growing up with Beyoncé:
BEYONCÉ: “And, honestly, 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.”
BEYONCÉ: “I was expecting something funny, but I’ll take it. Thank you.”
Make sure you read the full interview here.