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Vogue Italia recently profiled Solange and her impeccable style. She reveals to the magazine her favorite fashion designers, must-have items, sources of inspiration, meaning of success, personal motto, favorite songs, beauty routine…and of course, a bit about love.

Must-have wardrobe items

Vibrant colors and print fabrics. High-waisted silhouettes, statement shoes, easy dresses and Doc Martens for rainy days.

One item every girl should have

I believe every girl should own a pair of chic and comfortable flats.

What is your definition of style?

The canvas of our individuality. An outlet for expression.

Fashion Icons?

Diana Ross, Erykah Badu, the Fela Kuti Queens, my uber glam mother, Chaka Khan, Bjork and the girls on the street in my hood.

Beauty Routine

I am very low maintenance. I think I am lucky when I get to wash my face at night. I occasionally get facials by a miracle worker in Los Angeles named Mirta. However, apparently getting facials is not the way to erase months of carelessness and angry pores. Sleep is vital, happiness is key so I feel the most beautiful with those two elements combined.

Make up Routine

YSL concealer, Rimmel mascara, Rimmel pencil eyeliner, bright lips… Keep it moving

Relationship status

Happily Committed. It is not complicated, thank God!

5 things you can´t live without?

Water, food, plants, sun and sex.

What does success mean to you?

Defining success on my own terms. First, being a loving and committed mother. I have failed in all things if I have not achieved that. Being an artist that creates to express the needs of my own, and in the process hopefully inspiring others. Having the financial stability to support the lifestyle that makes me feel fulfilled. I know that happiness is a temporary state of mind, success means for me constantly growing, evolving to find that place.

What is your opinion about the black representation in the fashion industry?

I think it is evolving, and that is a beautiful thing! Now when I flip trough magazines I can see just as many beautiful black models in major campaigns as any other race. Unique, striking,beautiful women. I felt so extremely blessed to be Rimmel’s first black spokesperson, and to be embraced fully for being exactly who I am. And standing next to Kate Moss, with my Afro bigger than days light. I don’t by any means consider myself the most qualified for model material. I think that people tend to respond to what is real. Black women carry that flame with so much ease and confidence. It is being captured and celebrated on all fronts in fashion now. I have friends who are doing greats things, that movement is very real and well deserved!

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