Skip to main content

Profile of a GlamGirl: Solange Knowles


She's the younger sibling of one of the most famous faces in the music industry, yet this Houston beauty has created her own unique style and flair that’s decidedly all her own.
Retro with a rock edge, saucy with a girl-next-door appeal, controversial and un-politically correct she's more than a multi-talented artist she's ....well interesting.
Married at 17 and a mother soon after; she capitulated her foray into the family business as a back up dancer into a multi-faceted career. Movie and television stints came before and after the cleanest, quietest divorce in entertainment history while hitting her stride as a singer/songwriter. She went on to pen several major hit singles such as "Get Me Bodied" and "Upgrade U for big sis as well as Destiny's Child. However, Her breakout album, "Seat at the table" would garner her critical acclaim and land her Grammy award for "Cranes in the sky" a song penned after her divorce.
 The first time I met Ms. Sol-Angel was backstage at the 2008 Bermuda Music festival. The sassy singer had just finished a Motown inspired set as the opening act for her big sister and despite being under the weather, she obliged my interview request. I didn't know what to expect, I was on assignment for a small but historic newspaper, yet she treated me like a member of the family. She greeted me with bare feet, toes painted in multi-colored, neon hues before we began our candid interview. I did not know it then but that interview would be a key factor in my first cover story! (I'll share that journey in another post)

While she has earned accolades as a song writer, she has also garnered critics for her raw honestly and aversion to status quo. Not to mention her unpredictable and often unconventional fashion choices in an increasingly homogenized culture. Her decision to shave her signature locks sent shockwaves through cyber space as a new definition of glam. It also unwittingly served as a declaration of independence and sparked a debate on the standard of beauty. Bold and beautiful, this young ingĂ©nue has proven she has that indescribable “it” that makes her a standout in any the crowd. She’s unafraid to walk alone, she no stranger to the road less traveled. I can’t wait to see where this GlamGirl will Go next (see what I did there :)

Her new album: "When I get home" is available now! http://www.solangemusic.com

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

GlamGirlGo: Adventures in Dublin, Ireland

My first epic visit to Dublin, Ireland was for St. Patrick Day! It was jam packed with adventure with pub hopping, a parade and an impromptu singing battle with a Scottish soccer team. It was a hazy, crazy good time! I had so much fun, I returned with some of my best friends and a few hundred U2 fans for the epic concert and anniversary of the Joshua Tree album. We spent that visit on a misson to find Bono in his natural habitat. We used our hunt for the crooner as our excuse to explore as many local pubs and clubs as humanly possible from Dublin to Dalkey. In my search for the iconic singer, my friends and I discovered some really cool things to see and do in Dublin. Here's what I discovered.... 
Where to stay: The Clarencehttp://www.theclarence.ie/ just steps from the Temple Bar, St. Stephen’s Green, restaurants, theatres, and shopping districts, the Clarence offers a stylish stay in the heart of Dublin. It’s no secret that patrons should come prepared to party like a rock star, …

Women who make you say Wow!: Stephanie Johnson; Delta Air Lines first African-American female captain.

Women in aviation fill my heart with pride. The first time I met a female pilot I was literally star struck. As someone that works in the travel industry, I know how few and far in between it is to see women and even more rare, women of color. That's why the story of Stephanie Johnson two time airline trailblazer is so inspirational.  Stephanie Johnson made history in 1997 as Northwest Airline's first female AND first African American pilot. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Technology, she displayed an unwavering work ethic and focus by earning her her Private, Commercial, Flight Instructor, and Flight Engineer Certificates with Instrument and Multi engine ratings while working as a Flight Instructor in the Aviation program.