Solange Cringes Over Old Style Choices in Complex Magazine

The fashionista shares her regrets, how Jay-Z helped her style evolution and talks Mama Tina’s style in her younger years. 

Posted: 04/04/2012 05:51 PM EDT

Solange may be a confident fashion daredevil, but even she’s had the garden variety “What was I thinking!?” moment. The DJ/Model was tapped for a shoot and interview for Complex magazine’s 10 year anniversary issue and did some reminiscing about herself a decade ago...and styles she’d rather forget.

“10 years ago I was a frustrated rasta girl from the suburbs,” she said with a laugh. “I ODed on Jamaican colors and crochet. In your teenage years when you’re trying to express yourself you feel sort of responsible for playing this ‘role.’ I was ‘Rasta vegan girl’ and I look back on those pictures and think it’s really unfair that I have an album cover where everyone can see when everyone else can look back on their teenage pictures and choose to share them or not!” She’d be referring to her 2003 debut album Solo Star that shows her posing in a white tank top with a crochet beanie atop braids and wearing a cowrie shell bracelet for added measure (we actually still think she looked adorable!).

Over the years, she’s evolved to different tastes (she credits brother-in-law Jay-Z’s song “Change Clothes” for influencing her to mix menswear into her style), but while she may not want to rewind her own style, when the magazine played a game of “Would You Rather” with the starlet, she revealed that she’d rather know her mom Tina Knowles when she was younger as opposed to just knowing her as a parent because of the matriarch’s style. “My mother was the most stylish, flawless woman I’ve ever seen….I’ve looked through photographs of her that inspire me today. She’s partied at Studio 54, hung out in ski chalets in Colorado, and played Cleopatra in a play in Egypt. She’s insanely cool in her 50s, but I wouldn’t pass up being with her in her prime!”

Somehow we’re not shocked to hear that Mama Tina was stunting at Studio 54 in the disco era, but Solange did shock when she responded that she’d rather be on the cast of Love & Hip-Hop than Project Runway when asked. “I’ve never seen Project Runway, but I’m a huge Chrissy [Love & Hip-Hop star Christine Lampkin] fan. I’d need to take boxing lessons from her first though, nahmean?”

See more of her interview above and pick up the April/May 2012 issue of Complex.


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