UK magazine ‘Evening Standard’ has apologised to Solange Knowles after airbrushing out her braids for the cover to its magazine.
Knowles — who had released a song called “Don’t Touch My Hair” — complained on Instagram that an elaborate braided crown on her head had been digitally removed from the cover photo.
“We were delighted to have the chance to interview the wonderful Solange Knowles and photograph her for this week’s edition of ES,” the ‘Evening Standard’ relayed in a written statement on Saturday (October 21). “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.”
Ironically the singer had called braiding hair for black women an “act of beauty, an act of convenience and an act of tradition” in the accompanying feature. “I got to experience women arriving in one state of mind and leaving in a completely transformed way. It wasn’t just about the hair. It was about the sisterhood and the storytelling. Being a young girl who was really active in dance, theatre and on the swim team, the salon was a kind of safe haven.”
In a series of tweets, Angelica Bastien said: “I am publicly disowning the Solange piece London Evening Standard published today. The entire piece was a fiasco despite my efforts.
“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.”