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Solange Opens Up for the Cover of Elle

The younger Knowles sis talks about her art and her relationship with her sister in her biggest magazine feature yet.

By Sarah Rufca Nielsen February 9, 2017

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It's a bit early to say, but 2017 may be Solange's year—a pair of much-anticipated twins notwithstanding. The younger Knowles sister is still raking in critical acclaim for her 2016 album A Seat at the Table, and now she's landed her biggest cover yet, appearing on the March issue of Elle, on newsstands Feb. 21.

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Solange wearing Céline in the March issue of Elle

This being Solange, the feature photography by Terry Tsiolis puts her in some highly editorial fashion, including a '90s-style all-white power suit by Céline, kimono-like draping from Pleats Please by Issey Miyake and a dramatic red Norma Kamali puffer on the cover. The interview by Salamishah Tillet, too, looks to be upfront and wide-ranging based on the quotes that the mag is teasing, from the challenges she faced after becoming a mother at 17 years old to dealing with feeling like the odd sister out growing up:

"My sister and Kelly [Rowland] were the same age, which is like a built-in best friend in the house; they were extremely close," Solange recalls. "Writing felt like this insular thing that I could go back in my room and express all that I would observe, all the emotions that would arise. It felt like mine, my little thing."

Elle is Solange's second major magazine cover of 2017; she talked to Beyoncé for Interview's January issue and landed a major career milestone with her first performance on Saturday Night Live in the same month. 

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