From Chance the Rapper to Paris Jackson & Solange, See All 3 'Teen Vogue' Covers Here
For Teen Vogue's annual "Music Issue," the fashion magazine picked three of today's most unique stars -- Chance the Rapper, Solange and Paris Jackson -- to front their own individual covers with corresponding interviews.
Scroll through to read (and see) all three.
Chi-Town’s very own Chance the Rapper talks it up with Jordan Peele, the writer-director of 2017 box-office hit Get Out and co-host of Comedy Central's Key & Peele sketch series, to discuss Chance's Coloring Book, how he finds the balance between planning and intuition and what it’s really like to work with Kanye West.
"When I was working on Coloring Book, I knew that I wanted it to be a beacon for independent artists and music makers with their own agenda,” says Chance. "I didn’t know exactly how large the impact would be. But [because of] the light and the purity of the album -- what I was trying to show people -- I realized there was a lot of work that would go hand in hand with it. That’s what kind of led me to become more involved in the schools and in my church. It’s cool to say things, but if you can do it, [that] makes it real.”
This February, Chance made Grammy history when his mixtape -- that he gave away for free -- won best rap album, making it the first streaming-only album to ever win a Grammy. The 24-year-old explains that his creative process is a half strategic and half intuition, citing his re-up of “How Great Is Our God” -- which he performed at the Grammys -- as the perfect example. "My cousin Nicole sang the song at three different, very important events at my church: my daughter’s christening, my uncle’s funeral, and my grandmother’s funeral. Every time it came across, I felt some type of calling from it, but I didn’t fully understand what it was meant to be in my life. I had her record it, and eventually I put it on the project...I couldn’t fully say that it was my planning or my intuition, but I knew that it was important. There’s a lot that just comes with betting on yourself.
And as for working with the self-proclaimed "Louis Vuitton Don” better known as Kanye West? "Insanity. He’s very big on multitasking. We’ll have a studio rented out, and he’ll bounce between rooms working on different songs, writing for a second or adding or subtracting productions. He’ll also put a bunch of people in a room that he thinks might have good ideas and try to see what they come up with.” Adding that "finding your voice in a room where you have to challenge Kanye is scary -- but it’s also life-affirming.”
For his cover shoot, Chance wears his signature tan baseball cap with the number 3, an evergreen Iggy ($45, iggy.nyc) T-shirt with the world surrounded by fire -- perhaps a nod to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” -- and a green jacket.
Teen Vogue's other cover features Grammy-winning singer, Saint Records owner and one of Billboard's 25 Most Powerful People in Music Fashion, Solange. Rather than a traditional interview, the “Cranes in the Sky” songstress penned a powerful open letter to her teenage self, with a forward written by Thelma Golden, the director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem.
"Solange represents in her work the story of black life yesterday, today, and tomorrow and the indomitable spirit of black women,” Golden says. "In a culture that has often defined beauty so narrowly and placed so many limitations on possibility, she shows us that we need not accept others’ projections of who we are. Instead, we will boldly exist at the creations of our own powerful imaginations, redefining beauty and possibility without limits, knowing and loving who we are."
In her letter, Solange goes through five defining eras in her life, starting with her "dance-is-life (aka 'this leotard is my second skin')" phase to her "football-player’s-girlfriend-who-wears-braided-blond-highlights-and-swears-by-capri-pants" phase in high school.
“I really hate to tell you this, but sometimes you will still get called these things [crazy, ugly, attention-seeking, weirdo] as an adult, except you will actually embrace some of them. You will learn that these are just words. Words that only have power if you choose to give them power. Every once in a while they will hurt, but you will choose to turn those words into a symbol of beauty,” Solange writes.
Adding that, due to losing a friend to gun violence and giving birth to her son, 17 will be the “hardest year of your life” and “will grow you up almost immediately."
“You will be terrified, and it’s OK that you don’t know what the future holds. Some people will count you out because of the decision you’ve made to bring another life into the world so young, but you made the decision out of love and will live with the decision in love."
On the cover, the singer wears an all-white outfit including a blouse from Milly ($265, milly.com) over a Marni jumpsuit ($3,330) and belt ($1,000). She poses for photographer Ryan McGinley, who at the age of 25 was one of the youngest artists to show at the Whitney Museum of Art.
Michael Jackson's eldest child, Paris Jackson, embraces the public spotlight with her first-ever Teen Vogue cover, and in true millennial fashion, it all went down through text message.
The interview starts with an icebreaker, asking the pop heiress if she had fun at the photo shoot earlier, where Saint Laurent’s former creative director and noted photographer Hedi Slimane shot the model/actress wearing vintage Saint Laurent.
For Jackson, who at 11-years-old was left to cope with the passing of her father, music is her "number-one favorite form of expression," adding that "it’s gotten me through the toughest of times and the best of times. It’s brought me comfort when I was alone and has brought even more joy when I’m in good company." She also shares her affinity for classic rock bands such as Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles along with her "new obsession" for the Hamilton soundtrack.
As for breaking out on her own in the music industry, Jackson says she'd like to focus on improving her songwriting skills, though that didn't stop the ambitious 19-year-old from penning a track meant to be sung with "the love of her life", Paul McCartney. McCartney previously collaborated with her father on the 1983 track "Say Say Say", but Jackson says her own McCartney collab "probs won't happen. I really don’t plan on doing anything with my music."
To read her full text message conversation, go to TeenVogue.com.