• Viral badge
  • UK Black History Month badge
Oct 20, 2017

Solange Responded To The Evening Standard After It Photoshopped Her Braid Out Of Its Cover

A journalist apparently responsible for the reporting in the piece has also distanced herself from it.

Today's Evening Standard Magazine has a cover story about Grammy-winning singer Solange Knowles. She accused the magazine of photoshopping out part of her braided crown.

Solange responded to the cover's publication by highlighting the missing part of her braid on Instagram Stories. She posted a segment of her interview where she spoke to the magazine about the importance of braiding.

She then posted an Instagram picture of the unedited photo with the caption "dtmh", an abbreviation of "Don’t Touch My Hair", the title of one of her critically acclaimed songs about micro-aggressions.

Many others called out the magazine for photoshopping Solange's braid.

ummm that pic of solange was for a magazine cover and they photoshopped her top braid out. so y’all hate black women that much

Solange is amazing. Don’t photoshop the queen’s braids out!!!

That magazine photoshopped Solange’s braid off the cover when in the interview she is literally talking about how important braids are t her

And described it as a "weird" thing to do.

Some felt it was ironic as Solange was talking about hair in the piece.

I still can't believe they photoshopped solange crown from the cover I'm big mad smfh

Separately, Angelica Jade Bastién, a writer for Vulture, has tweeted about asking the magazine to remove her byline from the piece.

I am publicly disowning the Solange piece London Evening Standard published today. The entire piece was a fiasco despite my efforts.

They just took my name off of the byline after I put my foot down again. But it has been up for hours so this Twitter thread will stay up.

I don't want this piece attached to my rep as a writer at all. Hopefully disowning it gets that across.


In an article posted on its website, the Evening Standard apologised to Solange.

The apology said: "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."

Victoria Sanusi is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Victoria Sanusi at victoria.sanusi@buzzfeed.com.

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here