How Solange Stepped Out Of Her Sister’s Shadow And Dominated 2016

It’s always a bit hard following the footsteps of a big sister, especially one that is world famous. Younger sisters look up to their big sisters, but when they find their own lane, niche, and voice – that’s the beauty of it all. Sisters Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, have taken the world by storm over the years.

From music to fashion the Knowles sisters paved the way for girls all around the world coming from humble beginnings who have big dreams. 

Two little girls from Houston, Texas with the drive to make it huge in a cut-throat industry.

With the help of parents who believed in them, and a desire for success, the Knowleses conquered the long odds to become successful musicians.

Although their journey to success wasn’t so smooth, losing competitions and also friendships, we can all agree that they have shattered boundaries and have become amazing role models worldwide.

Beyoncé was brought into the spotlight at a young age with Destiny’s Child, which didn’t include her sister Solange as a leading role at first.

Although Solange is now successful in the music industry, she has had well-documented battles with depression, ADHD, divorce, and teenage pregnancy.

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Solange created her own path, beat the odds, and has now paved the way for black girls worldwide.

Although her success finally been widely recognized let’s take a moment to tell you things you may not have known about Solange.

When it came to music, Solange started off writing songs for sister Beyoncé and the rest of Destiny’s Child.

Solange would go on to be featured on some of the group’s albums and also sang and danced backup briefly when group member Kelly Rowland broke her toes.

Solange’s management team includes her father and brother-in-law Jay Z.

She created her own music company called Saint Records where her 2016 album A Seat at the Table was born.

 

The album is a compilation of black pride and identity with a peaceful, soulful bliss. Her goal is to promote self-love and carefree spirit.

Solange got married and had a child in 2004 at the age of 17, later divorcing in 2007. In many interviews she has said that she regrets getting married and having a child at such a young age.

Through the hardships she says that her son is her greatest blessing and wouldn’t trade him for the world.

Her favorite hobby in her spare time is painting. The younger Knowles sister says that painting, to her, is a form of expression and emotions with an unknown result.

She used to do voice overs for cartoons such as the Proud Family. In the film industry she appeared on movies such as Johnson Family Vacation, Bring It On: All or Nothing, and Blondie: The Florence Ballard Story.

Solange says her first passion is writing songs. She started writing songs at the age of 9 along with studying dance and theater in school.

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Her first songs were inspired by the writing style of French poet Paul Verlaine. She has written songs for Beyoncé such as “Get Me Bodied” and “Upgrade U”.

Part of Solange’s expansive oeuvre is a compilation of hip-hop nursery rhymes which was inspired by her son, Julez called Baby Jamz. The album was released in September 2008.

Solange has also been involved in fashion. She has become a brand ambassador for Giorgio Armani, a guest blogger at Vogue, and appeared as a CoverGirl.

Solange has captured the attention of fashion editors and designers, starring in editorials for ELLE, Cosmo and Allure.

She even walked in Alberta Ferretti’s Fall 2012 presentation in Milan. Her favorite designers include Kenzo, Alexander Wang, Tibi, Opening Ceremony and ACNE.

The younger Knowles has paved the way with daring outfits such as iconic pant suits, dramatic and bold pieces, and of course, rocking her ‘fro!

Solange’s journey has taught us to be ourselves, be unapologetic about it, and use it to your advantage.

You never know what great things it could lead to.

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Shantia Seymour

A Bermuda born, London based style + inspiration blogger for DressedToATi. She created the Aiyanna Art Scholarship this year and loves unique styles - promotes girl power and believes every flaw is just an accessory waiting to be rocked.