Solange Pens Inspiring Letter to Her Teenage Self

Solange Knowles wrote an open letter to her teenage self for the latest issue of'Teen Vogue.    
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Being Beyoncé's younger sister didn't keep Solange Knowles from getting bullied. You will learn how to love yourself and how to empathize with and forgive those who may have taken a bit of that pure love away from you. It's overflowing with poignant glimpses into her current outlook on life, as well as all the people and experiences that shaped and defined her as an adult.

In a sobering vein, Solange, now 30, warns her imaginary self that 17 will be the toughest year of life.

Solange penned a letter to her teenage self for Teen Vogue, where she's candid about her path to self-discovery. It will not be the ones they ordained: "'Crazy, ugly, attention-seeking, weirdo'".

In the letter, Solange assures her younger self that all the uncertainty, fear and pain she's enduring will all serve their objective in the long run. "You will lose your best friend whom you love so much to gun violence in a single moment, and give birth to a new one within a year". Soon enough you will learn how to love and how to exist with love in ways that you never knew. "A lot of it", she wrote. You will trace them like the scars on your body ...

Beyond the name calling that she experienced and sadly continues to experience, Solange also discussed her love of words and her love of her mother, Tina Lawson.

To close the essay, Solange is real about life's ups and down, saying "there will be pain, there will be doubt", but also doesn't hold back when being honest about the beauty of coming into your own.

She added: "Sometimes you push these phases to the max, and when you go out into the world feeling confident in who you are and what you reflect, young folks will call you names and grown folks will call you names".

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