F**k It Friday: Solange Knowles
HI THERE. Welcome back to F**k It Friday - a weekly feature from MTV Breaks that’s all about saying a big “f**k yeah” to the most excellent people who’ve said “f**k it!” (probably) and taken a leap of faith to make big things happen.
Cos it’s not about just having ideas – it’s about working hard, seizing opportunity, believing in yourself, and 100% following them through!
So who’s next up in the FIF roll call of honour? Drumroll… it’s SOLANGE KNOWLES!
Solange kicked off her career at FIVE-YEARS-OLD (y’know, when we were still playing in the sandpit) with a performance at an amusement park, and started writing songs when she was just nine.
The teeny, tiny problem was that even though she’s obviously always been RIDIC talented at singing, dancing, writing, oh-just-everything, success hasn’t always been easy, and that’s mainly because of one thing.
Being Beyoncé’s sister.
Yup, for about as long as she’s been making music, people have been obsessed with comparing her to her super famous sibling, which has, understandably, always been one of Solange’s real pet peeves.
So what did she do? She said, “f**k it,” (probably) and decided that she would never again be thought of as ‘just’ someone’s sister.
Yup, Solange has never once traded off her surname and instead worked tirelessly to establish herself as a businesswoman, singer, songwriter, designer and fashion ICON (srsly, have you seen her wedding pics. Iconic doesn’t do them justice).
In fact, she even reckons she’s the lucky one of the family, saying that Bey heady heights of fame are just a little bit too high for her. “I don’t want to get that far,” she told Essence back in 2007. “I feel really bad for my sister.”
So we can see that Solange has always been a total badass when it comes to working her butt off and making herself super successful, but this week she’s also been hitting headlines for standing up against hatred and racism.
Our gal published a blog post on her website titled ‘Do You Belong Here? I Do,’ detailing the events of a gig she attended where she was singled out by a group of white women who heckled her to “sit down” and even threw their trash at her.
“You’re full of passion and shock, so you share this story on Twitter, hands shaking, because you actually want these women to face accountability in some kind of way,” she wrote.
But Solange would not be silenced.
“You know that the biggest payback you could have ever had...was dancing right in front of them with my hair swinging from left to right.”
And that, ladies and gents, is why Solange deserves our FIF crown. She is, and always has been, 100% herself.
HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!