What’s not to love about Solange Knowles? She’s a talented tastemaker, has phenomenal style, and makes amazing music. Once compared to her equally fly sister Beyonce, Knowles has carved out a niche for herself as a quirky carefree black girl who is more than comfortable to take chances and say what’s on her mind.
It’s Solange’s outspoken nature that’s perhaps the most compelling thing about her. Beyonce sings in her song “Flawless,” “My sister taught me how to speak my mind,”and it’s pretty easy to believe that — from speaking out against police brutality to clapping back when critics slam her style, Solange has never shied away from saying what she wants to say and always keeping it realer than real.
In celebration of her 28th birthday, below are some of Solange’s realest quotes from the last several years.