Solange Writes Letter to Her Teenage Self for Teen Vogue
By Matthew Strauss.
Solange has written a letter to her teenage self for Teen Vogue. It begins, “there will be fear. a lot of it. there will be triumph.” She also outlines some stages from her life, such as, “the dance-is-life (aka “this leotard is my second skin”) phase,” “the Nas aficionado-brown-lip-liner-and-Vaseline phase,” and “the football-player’s-girlfriend-who-wears-braided-blond-highlights-and-swears-by-capri-pants phase.” There are also reflections on difficult times (“seventeen will be the hardest year of your life.”) and enormous gratitude for her mother (“she is a wonder.”) The letter closes (in bold):
there will be pain, there will be doubt there will be beauty, there will be the unknown. there will be so many moments of joy and delight that the whole universe will feel painted in hues of amber and wonder. there will be times you are so sad you can’t lift your head. and there will be times you are so happy that the sensation of life knocks you down. but most importantly, there will be you. a whole, whole lot of it. and you will feel good about who she is and who she is still becoming.
Read the full thing here, and find photos of teenage Solange below. Solange released A Seat at the Table last year. She is performing at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival. Get tickets to her headlining Sunday performance here.
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