Growing up in the Knowles house was like growing up in a greenhouse of talents, something these two know better than anyone.
Beyonce has taken on the role of ‘journalist’ to delve into her sister Solange’s world for the latest issue of Interview Magazine.
With her big sister at the wheel, the 30-year-old indie music darling did not hold back when discussing her drive to create and her surprising love for reality television.
While it has long been suggested that Solange struggled growing up in her big sister’s shadow, it seems it was Beyonce who looked up to the younger member of the Knowles family.
Beyonce kicked off their chat by saying: ‘I’m so happy to interview you because, clearly, I’m your biggest fan and I’m super proud of you.
The Single Ladies hitmaker says she knew early on her sister was ‘going to be something super special’ as she even at 10, Solange was ‘obsessed with Alanis Morissette and Minnie Riperton and mixing prints with her clothes’.
Solange says she was just drawn to expressing herself: ‘I remember having so much perspective about my voice, and how to use my voice, at such a young age – whether it was through dance, poetry, or coming up with different projects.
‘I guess I always felt a yearning to communicate – I had a lot of things to say. And I appreciated y’all’s patience in the house during all of these different phases. They were not ever very introverted, quiet phases.’
Happy to tolerate her little sister’s less than quiet stages, the 35-year-old recalled the Seat At The Table creator always seeming to know what she wanted.
Making them both laugh, Solange says: ‘I always knew what I wanted. We damn sure know that I wasn’t always right. But I’d sit firm, whether I was right or wrong.
‘I guess a part of that was being the baby of the family and being adamant that, in a house of five, my voice was being heard. Another part is that I remember being really young and having this voice inside that told me to trust my gut. And my gut has been really, really strong in my life. It’s pretty vocal and it leads me. Sometimes I haven’t listened, and those times didn’t end up very well for me.
Solange says her mother Tina and Beyonce are intuitive people and have inspired her to be the same. She also credits Beyonce and her mom for making her realise the power of being your own boss.
‘Growing up in a household with a master class such as yourself definitely didn’t hurt.
‘And, as far back as I can remember, our mother always taught us to be in control of our voice and our bodies and our work, and she showed us that through her example. If she conjured up an idea, there was not one element of that idea that she was not going to have her hand in. She was not going to hand that over to someone.’
Plus Beyonce did a ‘kicka*s job’ of being a big sister, the singer/songwriter says.
‘You were the most patient, loving, wonderful sister ever. In the 30 years that we’ve been together, I think we’ve only really, like, butted heads … we can count on one hand.