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The Evening Standard Changed Solange’s Hair On Their Cover After She Just Talked About Owning Her Image

I can’t think of anything more disrespectful than having a magazine alter my hair after I had it meticulously fashioned specifically for a photoshoot with that outlet than having a mag do the above after I specifically spoke to them about the importance of owning my image. And yet, that is exactly what happened to Solange following her interview with the Evening Standard.

Yesterday, we told you about the conversation she had with the UK publication about how owning her body was so important to her this past year. She said, specifically, “That can mean a lot of things. That can be in physical form — wanting to have control over my physical body — and also wanting to have control in the way it is presented to the world.”

Part of that control, I would assume, meant choosing the intricate braid design she wore for her spread with the mag.

A post shared by Solange (@saintrecords) on Oct 20, 2017 at 5:14am PDT

see u at the greek theater tonight, and sunday ? #orionsrise

A post shared by Solange (@saintrecords) on Oct 20, 2017 at 5:06am PDT

And yet, what appeared as the featured image for the piece was a photo of the 31-year-old sans the braided crown she actually wore. The original style seen above was meant to represent the Orion constellation, which, Huffington Post notes, “Solange said is something that holds special meaning to her. It is what inspired the name of her latest performance series, Orion’s Rise, and it is even tattooed on her inner right arm.”

Her brilliant third album was both a critical and commercial success, but Solange is as focused on art as she is on music. @saintrecords talks about the influence of her mother, retaining control and where she’s going next… PLUS: A non-stop 24 hours in the @claridgeshotel kitchen, Extreme makeover: the #JEREMYCORBYN edition, @gracedent eats at @CorebyClareSmyth, we take an #ESescape to the Isle of #Eriska AND @anthony_joshua ‘s #MYLONDON #ESmagazine x #Solange Photographers: @elliott.jerome + @dritch Stylist: @mindy_le_brock Hairstylist: @jogoeswest + @vernonfrancois

A post shared by Evening Standard Magazine (@eveningstandardmagazine) on Oct 19, 2017 at 12:01am PDT

 

This omission prompted the singer to post a photo of what her hair really looked like with the classy caption “dtmh @eveningstandardmagazine,” i.e. don’t touch my hair, i.e. don’t touch my hair after I specifically told you I want to own the way my image is presented to the world.

dtmh @eveningstandardmagazine

A post shared by Solange (@saintrecords) on Oct 19, 2017 at 9:25am PDT

Interestingly, the artist isn’t the only one who took issue with the piece. One of the article’s original authors, Angelica Bastien, tweeted that she asked the Evening Standard to remove her name from the byline “because they distorted my work and reporting in ways that made me very uncomfortable.”

Perhaps the full lesson here is don’t touch my hair or my words.