Unlike the letters you might want to write to your teenage self, Solange's letter was a poetic, inspiring rumination on first loves and trust and self-acceptance and gratitude and pain and growth and did not contain a single reference to how decades later Caroline would still be boyfriend-stealing life-ruiner. It's OK. One day you will name yourself, and that name will belong to you. "It's ok", the 30-year-old wrote.
Solange then turns the attention to the toughest challenge she has had to overcome to date.
"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", she explained. "No one you love will criticise you or blame you; in fact, they will lift you up". "You realize watching a woman balance being a supportive mother, building a successful business from the ground up that was started in her garage, and giving back to the community will make you feel invincible and like the word "no" is just an echo in the universe that you'll never know". "You thank them for re-writing the script before it was ever etched in your memory".
The younger sister of Beyoncé also discussed her choice to become a mother at 17 to son Daniel Julez Smith Jr., now 12, which she says forced her to grow up. She also lost her best friend. "But most importantly, there will be you", she said.
The Cranes in the Sky singer has reflected on the highs and lows of her life and career in a new article for Teen Vogue magazine, and in the lengthy letter, she warns herself to be prepared for big changes, both good and bad, as she matures into a young woman.