One of the most inspiring and visible personalities of the year, Solange Knowles, has been honoured at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year award and she gave heartfelt thanks to her biggest cheerleaders, black women.
Speaking at the awards, which took place on 13 November 2017, the soulful songstress, who was bestowed the Woman of the Year Artist Award. said: “I just want to say thank you to black women especially for uplifting me and loving up on me and seeing me in a way that I might not have even seen myself and I will continue to lift our voices. Thank you so much.”
The Grammy award-winning singer has really blossomed in the last couple of years. Her 2016 album, A Seat At The Table, and Tate Modern exhibition are prime examples of this. In the album, the singer speaks out to women of colour. She is a voice that tells us how to be fierce, how to be confident and most importantly, how to be you.
Illustrating that acceptance of self and struggle affects everyone, Solange voiced what many of us feel. She said: “My journey has been a rise and fall. It’s been ugly, it’s been loud, it’s been disruptive, it’s been long. It’s often been painful but it’s been free, it’s been beautiful and it’s been mine.”
Also articulating a recognisable angst among many of us, she also talked about confronting fear: “I’m looking forward to the day I greet fear, wholeheartedly, nose to nose, and tell it. ‘You have met your match.’”
Congresswoman Maxine Waters was also honoured on the night, winning the Lifetime Achievement Award. She thanked Glamour: “What you do here this evening, in honouring us, really does confirm that you appreciate all of the work that we attempt to do to bring about justice and equality in this society and in our country and in this world.”
Other attendees on the night were Tracee Ellie Ross, Serena Williams, Iman, Laverne Cox, Zendaya and La La Anthony.