- On Saturday, London magazine The Evening Standard apologized to singer Solange for Photoshopping her hair on its latest cover.
- In a statement to the Guardian, the magazine said it edited the singer’s hair “for layout purposes.”
- “But plainly we made the wrong call and we have offered our unreserved apologies to Solange,” the statement said.
- Solange called out the publication on Friday after seeing that a braided crown had been digitally removed from her head.
- The singer shared the unedited photo on Instagram, along with the caption “dtmh” — a reference to her critically acclaimed song, “Don’t Touch My Hair.”
Last Friday, the Grammy Award-winning singer called out the magazine for digitally removing a braided crown from her hair in its cover image. Solange shared the original, unedited photo on Instagram, along with the caption “dtmh” — a reference to the song, “Don’t Touch My Hair,” from her album, “A Seat at the Table.”
Here’s the unedited photo, which Solange posted on Friday:
And here’s The Evening Standard’s cover:
“The decision to amend the photograph was taken for layout purposes,” The Evening Standard explained in a statement to the Guardian on Saturday. “But plainly we made the wrong call and we have offered our unreserved apologies to Solange.”
The statement continued: “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 offense.”
Following Solange’s Instagram post on Friday, people online were both furious and confused about the Evening Standard’s decision to edit out the singer’s braided crown.
“She literally sings a song called ‘Don’t touch my hair’? So why would you photoshop out her braided crown?” one person asked on Twitter.
Someone else tweeted: “Just rude! The Evening Standard cropped out Solange’s braid from cover despite knowing its significance.”
“Yet to understand why this mag would photoshop Solange’s braid especially when she speaks about the importance of braids in her interview,” another person tweeted.
Indeed, the singer talked candidly about the significance of her hair in her interview with Evening Standard. “[Braiding] is an act of beauty, an act of convenience, and an act of tradition,” she told the magazine.
Cover photo aside, the author of The Evening Standard’s story about Solange asked the magazine to remove her byline from the piece on Thursday.
In a series of tweets, writer Angelica Jade Bastién claimed magazine had “distorted” her writing and reporting “in ways that made [her] very uncomfortable.”
“I am publicly disowning the Solange piece London Evening Standard published today. The entire piece was a fiasco despite my efforts,” Bastién wrote on Twitter. She added: “I don’t want this piece attached to my rep as a writer at all. Hopefully disowning it gets that across.”