News 21 October 2017
Author: Marisa Lee

Solange claps back at the Evening Standard after offensive cover edit

Author Marisa Lee
21 October 2017

Solange Knowles kicked back at the Evening Standard following an act of irony in it’s purest form this week.

The singer, was interviewed for the cover feature of the magazine, which included a photo of her with a crown braided with her hair. In the copy that went to print however, the Evening Standard cropped the photo, removing the braid crown and Solange, who fully has a song called “Don’t Touch My Hair”, wasn’t happy.

She posted the cover on her Instagram story, circling the gap where her crown once was, alongside a segment of her interview in which she discussed how important braids are to her.

She then posted the original image, braid crown intact, on her Instagram with the caption “dtmh”, an abbreviation of “Don’t Touch My Hair” which calls out microaggressions towards black people.

We’re unsure of how the Evening Standard could be so oblivious to the irony of their editorial choices, but the outlet eventually apologised on their website, writing, “We were delighted to have the chance to interview the wonderful Solange Knowles and photograph her for this week’s edition of ES magazine. It is therefore a matter of great regret that the finished cover artwork of the magazine 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.”

Angelica Jade Bastién, a writer from Vulture who wrote the piece, also expressed her disappointment with the it and wanted nothing to do with it.