The London Evening Standard magazine apologized to singer Solange Knowles after a significant portion of her hair was Photoshopped out of an image that appeared on the cover of its October edition. After the magazine was released, Solange posted a photo on Instagram of the unaltered photo, which showed how her hair had been fixed into an elaborate circular braid that seemed to levitate above her head. The images could still be seen on the pages inside the magazine. Below see both the cover, in which the braid had been airbrushed out and Solange’s Instagram post, which included the message, “dtmh @eveningstandardmagazine,” a subtle and fitting reference to “Don’t Touch My Hair,” a song on her 2016 album A Seat At The Table.
The Evening Standard issued an apology to Solange and explained in a statement to The Guardian that “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. 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.”
Solange, in an interview with the BBC last year, discussed the meaning of “Don’t Touch My Hair.”
“The song is as much as what it feels like to have your whole identity challenged on a daily basis, although physically touching the hair is extremely problematic.”
The writer of the story also criticized the magazine for the Photoshopping blunder, writing in a series of posts on Twitter that she was so unsettled by the decision she’d decided to “disown” the story.
Read the full story at the BBC.