London’s Evening Standard has apologized for (re)touching Solange’s hair, just days after the singer/songwriter blasted the publication for cropping out an elaborate braid structure.
“We were delighted to have the chance to interview the wonderful Solange Knowles and photograph her for this week’s edition of ES. It is therefore a matter of great regret that the finished cover artwork caused concern and offence,” the Evening Standard wrote in a statement Saturday. “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.”
Solange posted the original photo on social media with the caption “dtmh,” a reference to her Seat at the Table track “Don’t Touch My Hair.” The song addresses cultural identity, empowerment, and the micro-aggressions many black women face.
Since then, the journalist who interviewed Solange for the article has asked to be disassociated with the piece.
“I am publicly disowning the Solange piece London Evening Standard published today. The entire piece was a fiasco despite my efforts,” writer Angelica Jade Bastien wrote on Twitter. “I told my editors to take my name off of the byline because they distorted my work and reporting in ways that made me very uncomfortable […]Which was heartbreaking given how much work I put into it and my interest in Solange as an artist.”