On Thursday night, Beyoncé’s protégés, singers Chloe and Halle Bailey, ages 17 and 16, respectively, took time out from celebrating at the Opening Ceremony and Issey Miyake Pleats Please party to chat with WWD about what it’s like to be in Bey’s squad, music and meeting the Obamas.
WWD: We caught you in “Lemonade” alongside Zendaya and Amandla Stenberg. How does it feel to be a part of Beyoncé’s girl squad?
Chloe Bailey: My sister and I are just honored that we get to share our art on such a big platform. “Lemonade” is such an incredible project that we’re happy to say we’re a part of.
WWD: You shot the visual album in December. Was it hard to keep such a big secret for so long?
C.B.: Not really. My sister and I are each other’s best friend, so because we have each other to tell each other everything to, it kinda works out.
Halle Bailey: Our friends are so supportive and happy for us. We’re just enjoying life and having fun.
WWD: You’re also signed to Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment record label. What advice has she given you for navigating the industry?
H.B.: Beyoncé has always told us to just continue being us, authentically us. A big staple in what we do is that we like to be natural — natural hair, natural makeup. It all comes from within. We want our light to shine.
C.B.: How gracious and poised she is, is great to look up to.
WWD: You put out a five-song E.P. called “Sugar Symphony” last week. What’s next?
H.B.: We actually have our first show on May 17 at the Echo. This summer, we’re planning on going on tour. It’s going to be so much fun.
WWD: Who would you love to collaborate with in the future?
H.B.: For me, I would say people like me — young kids who are on the up and up who still have new ideas.
C.B.: We love Frank Ocean. We’re into The Internet. All of those great, youthful acts.
WWD: When you opened for Michelle Obama at the South by Southwest Festival, did you have a chance to meet her daughters?
H.B.: We did, actually. We got to meet Sasha. She was amazing. Her and Mrs. Obama actually watched our performance at the Easter Egg Roll. It was so great to be in that company.
WWD: Since you’re only two years apart, are you ever mistaken for twins?
C.B.: My younger sister’s soul is older than mine, so sometimes I think she’s older than me, but we balance each other out. I can see how people think we’re twins. We’re always really in sync.
WWD: You’ve already had more than a few pinch-me moments, but what’s your next big goal?
C.B.: Our short-term goal? We want to win a Grammy! That’s always been our dream since we were five!
H.B.: Grammy goals!