How many celebrities can attribute their success to being a singer-songwriter, actress, model, dancer and DJ? Solange Knowles can. Get ready because the star will hit the ESSENCE Festival main stage in New Orleans on Saturday, July 6. Read on for a few of her most compelling quotes from ESSENCE magazine to get excited about her performance.
Solange on Her Hair (ESSENCE, June 2012)
“I think many people, especially from other cultures, just don't understand the role hair plays in Black women's lives. I can now transform the energy surrounding my hair into something way more productive."
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Solange on Her Hair (ESSENCE, August 2011)
"I love my hair because it's versatile and empowering, and it makes a statement. There is no better accessory than my fro. Everyone knows I'm obsessed with Diana Ross. I often use her Afros as examples. But I have to admit, I've never quite seen one like my mom's in photos from back in the day. I've played with many silhouettes and textures. I've styled it in a triangle, added pieces for length, and compacted it for a tight square crop. I don't believe that there's such a thing as complete originality. All you can do is take the power of something so legendary and try to put your own stank on it."
Solange on Work and Family (ESSENCE, October 2006)
"I grew up in a family that works hard. But when you have children, your priorities shift. So anything that's going to make me sweat? I'm not doing it anymore. I'm doing projects that sound like fun, things I'm passionate about. I have to learn how to say no a lot. Life is too short for anything else."
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Solange on Her Father (ESSENCE, May 2003)
"Me and my father have a really relaxed kind of friendship. We're always joking with each other, and everybody is always like, 'Why is she so disre-spectful?' But I do respect him and I love him so much; we just kid around a lot."