Solange Knowles has experienced a lot of what life has to offer in her first 30 years on this planet, many of which have been spent under the demanding bright lights of the entertainment industry. The Seat at the Table singer recently took the role as the choreographer, musical director and composer for “An Ode To,” an experimental performance at New York’s famous Guggenheim Museum over the weekend. She also recently penned an inspiring letter to her younger self for Teen Vogue late last week, which offers her fans an honest look at the journey she’s taken over the years, in addition to some much-needed advice for like-minded teenagers today.
The singer starts out her letter saying, “There will be fear. a lot of it. there will be triumph. a lot of it. there will be constellations you want to reach for but can’t put your finger on. you will trace them like the scars on your body you got from trouble and the times of your life.”
She also continues to go on and talk about the wild phases she would experience throughout her teenage years, which includes a “Nas-aficionado-brown-lip-liner-and-Vaseline phase.”
In addition to some adorable home photos never before seen by fans, the letter also touches on an influence who played a very important part in her life from the beginning, in her own mother.
“You realize watching a woman balance being a supportive mother, building a successful business from the ground up that was started in her garage, and giving back to the community will make you feel invincible and like the word “no” is just an echo in the universe that you'll never know,” She says about the woman who raised her and famous sister, Beyoncé. “You often take her for granted, but you know with every joint in your bones that she is a phenomenon and you strive to make her proud. you should thank her out loud more, too; tell her you value her. roll your eyes and your neck less. it’s not as cute as you think.”
Solange will be getting ready to hit the road for a summer tour starting later this week. Her summer schedule will see the singer giving scheduled performances at various music festivals across North America including Pitchfork, Panorama, the Roots Picnic and Made In America just to name a few.
Click here to read Solange’s entire letter to her younger self.