Solange Knowles got the apology she was looking for.
Britain’s Evening Standard newspaper issued a statement Saturday to the “Cranes in the Sky” singer after cropping out an elaborate hairstyle for its cover shot.
“We were delighted to have the chance to interview the wonderful Solange Knowles and photograph her for this week’s edition of ES magazine. It is therefore a matter of great regret that the finished cover artwork of the magazine caused concern and offence,” the newspaper said.
“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.”
In the original photo, Knowles featured a braided crown extending vertically from her head, along with large pearl earrings and a cream one-shouldered dress.
The Evening Standard’s version erased the crown in production.
“DTMH,” Knowles wrote on Instagram, an abbreviation for “don’t touch my hair” and a song title off her 2016 album “A Seat at the Table.”
Last year, the 31-year-old singer explained the message behind the song in a Saint Heron article with her mother, Tina Lawson, and writer Judnick Mayard.
“I think I’ve been on so many fashion shoots and anything in regards to fashion, which is still a predominantly white industry, and also feeling the void of tokenism through my hair being an Afro and what that meant to the fashion world,” she said.
“So, 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!”