Between the ages of 17 and 20, she was a stay-at-home mum in Idaho and her style was, as she puts it, "very basic".
But now Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles - (pictured with Estelle) - has definitely come into her own sartorially speaking.
Solange - who has a little boy named Daniel from a teenage marriage - was the talk of New York Fashion Week, with funky Afro hair and even funkier skyscraper shoes.
Now 24 and a successful singer, she writes her own tracks and is about to release her third album.
The songbird has learnt to shrug off comparisons with her big sister.
"I try and make fun of it," she explains.
"Sometimes I say she's not my sister.
"Other times I say I've stuffed her in my suitcase and sent her to Dubai".
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