Solange Knowles Blasts London Publication After Airbrushing Out Her Braids
Solange Knowles don’t take no mess, especially when it comes down to her beautiful tresses. London’s Evening Standard issued an apology to the singer, after photo shopping her hair in their publication. Solange blasted the magazine days before, for cropping out the most significant part of her hairstyle, a crown of braids.
Knowles called out the magazine on her Instagram, by posting the original un-photoshopped picture with the caption, “DTMH”, an abbreviation of her 2016 hit, “Don’t touch my hair.” The singer was featured in the magazine to discuss not only her upcoming album, but the legacy of black women braiding their hair. After the altered cover photo was posted, fans attacked the publication, accusing it of racism for the removing of the crown.
In a statement released by the Standard said: “We were delighted to have the chance to interview the wonderful Solange Knowles and photograph her for this week’s edition of ES. It is therefore a matter of great regret that the finished cover artwork caused concern and offence. The decision to amend the photograph was taken for layout purposes, but plainly we made the wrong call and we have offered our unreserved apologies to Solange.”
The Journalist, Angelica Bastien, whom conducted the interview with the singer asked for her name to be removed from the article before publicly disowning it. In a series of tweets, Bastien said: “I am publicly disowning the Solange piece London Evening Standard published today. The entire piece was a fiasco despite my efforts.” She continued. “I told my editors to take my name off of the byline because they distorted my work and reporting in ways that made me very uncomfortable, which was heartbreaking given how much work I put into it and my interest in Solange as an artist.”
Solange has yet to publicly acknowledge the apology.