Looking stunning on the cover, shot by Mikael Jansson, the “Cranes in the Sky” songstress offers a calm glare. Inside the magazine, she appears confident and elegant, wearing DKNY, Marni, David Hart, Miu Miu, and Balenciaga.
During the interview, Solange opens up about what it was like to have Queen Bey as a big sis. “You did a kickass job,” she tells her older sibling. “You were the most patient, loving, wonderful sister ever. In the 30 years that we’ve been together, I think we’ve only really, like, butted heads … we can count on one hand.”
Bey mostly handles questions here, but she also adds a few tidbits about her little sis. “I remember thinking, ‘My little sister is going to be something super special,'” she recalls. “Because you always seemed to know what you wanted.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Solange speaks about her 2016 standout A Seat at the Table, the inspiration behind “Cranes in the Sky,” and how influences ranging from Aaliyah to Master P served her well on this project. See highlights from the Q&A below.
SOLANGE ON MASTER P: “I remember reading or hearing things about Master P that reminded me so much of Dad growing up. And they also have an incredible amount of love and respect for one another. And I wanted a voice throughout the record that represented empowerment and independence, the voice of someone who never gave in, even when it was easy to lose sight of everything that he built, someone invested in black people, invested in our community and our storytelling, in empowering his people. You and I were raised being told not to take the first thing that came our way, to build our own platforms, our own spaces, if they weren’t available to us. And I think that he is such a powerful example of that.”
SOLANGE ON MISSY ELLIOTT: “One of my biggest inspirations in terms of female producers is Missy. I remember seeing her when you guys worked together and being enamored with the idea that I could use myself as more than a voice and the words.”
SOLANGE ON AALIYAH: “Aaliyah was also a huge influence and has always been. Her vocal arrangements with Static Major are some of my favorite in the world.”