Solange Knowles recently let the camera lens peek into her life for a feature in New York Magazine's Vulture section. The singer's edition of "Life in Pictures" shows the stylish star getting primped for work, enjoying some downtime in an Airbnb rental in the Louisiana countryside as she works on her next album and then heading off to Austin for SXSW.
"8:41 p.m. Everything that I cook, I use Cajun seasoning," reads a caption on a close-up image of Knowles preparing dinner. "That's the way I grew up. My mom used to use Tony Chachere's, which is the more known brand, but here I became completely obsessed with Slap Ya Mama seasoning. I also discovered Punch Ya Daddy."
In another photo, Knowles' curly fro is being tended to while her pretty fingers search through her phone.
"My dad told me that Michael Jackson recorded in his 'on' clothes. The essence of his delivery had a lot to do with that energy of having a certain stylistic vibe. When I'm actually producing and writing the music, I look like s--t. But when I'm creating vocals, I present myself in whatever kind of melodic character I want the song to take," she said.
As she sings into a mic at 2 in the morning, the 28-year-old opens up about her 9-year-old son, Julez.
"March 14, 2:13 a.m. My son, Julez, was with his father, so it was really unusual to be able to wake up when my body woke up naturally, instead of having to get up at seven to get him ready for school. Though he was missed for sure, it was really nice for my creative process. When he's around, Julez gives ideas. They haven't been used yet, but they should be giving him a producer's credit," she said.
Photographer Charlotte Hornsby had the pleasure of following Knowles around for four days. Oh to have that privilege! To flip through her pictorial, click here or grab a July 14, 2014, issue of New York Magazine, on newsstands now.
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(Photos: Charlotte Hornsby for VULTURE)