Words by Fatima Barrie
The Houston, TX singer isn’t pleased with the final edit of a magazine cover she’s featured in.
On October 10, Solange made a post on Instagram with the caption ‘dtmh,’ the acronym for her A Seat at the Table smash record “Don’t Touch My Hair,” in response to London’s Evening Standard Magazine cropping out her blonde braided crown out of the final cover. Her post features the original snapshot taken by Daria Kobayashi Ritch, showcasing the bold halo hairstyle styled by Vernon Francois, and Solange sporting a white ruffled top and intricate pearl earrings to match.
The image on the Evening Standard Magazine’s version however, completely omitted the top half of her hair.
The irony of the photoshopped image is that the songstress mentions the importance of braiding in the magazine interview.
Braiding is important to Knowles. It is an “act of beauty, an act of convenience and an act of tradition” — it is “its own art form.” Every black woman has a personal journey with her own hair, and for Knowles it began in her mother’s salon which was a refuge — “a spare bedroom so to speak” — for her as a young girl. Growing up there was pivotal.
Solange wasn’t the only person unhappy about the edit. Author of the piece Angelica Bastien, took to Twitter voicing her disappointment through a series of tweets.
I am publicly disowning the Solange piece London Evening Standard published today. The entire piece was a fiasco despite my efforts.
— Angelica Jade (@angelicabastien) October 19, 2017