Beyonce compares herself to Khaleesi…
…and Jay Z was there for everything
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Last week at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (C.F.D.A) awards Beyoncé received the award for fashion icon and her acceptance speech was everything!
The iconic Diane Von Furstenberg presented Beyoncé with the award, praising her ‘undeniable influence’ and commending beys recent ‘Ivy Park’, athletic line.
Beyoncé glittered in a Givenchy, pinstriped suit and delivered strong ‘Formation’ vibes in a broad brimmed hat.
Hello…. ‘I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress’…. Lemonade anyone?
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She walked the red carpet alone and delivered a speech to the fashion elite reminding them of a time when they didn’t want to dress her. Bey bringing her Mother to tears praising her hard work as a seamstress ‘My mother was rejected from every showroom in New York. But like my grandmother, she used her talent and her creativity to give her children their dreams.’.
Sharing that her uncle and Mother made by hand her costumes for Destiny’s Child and even her wedding dress. Noting that they “individually sewed hundreds of crystals and pearls, putting so much passion and love into every small detail.”
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Bey deeming the artisanship of fashion with the power to transform and transport. Proclaiming she “felt like Khaleesi. I had an extra suit of armour. It was so much deeper than any brand name”. Ethical clothing reaching realms beyond their superficial qualities. “Soul has no colour, no shape, no form. Just like all of your work, it goes far beyond what the eye can see. You have the power to change perception, to inspire and empower, and to show people how to embrace their complications, and see the flaws, and the true beauty and strength that’s inside all of us.”
Highlighting the power of fashion and the importance of painstaking design and artisanship.
Find the full speech below
Thank you so much, Diane, for the things you just said about me. I feel so much love and I feel so proud. As long as I can remember, fashion has been part of my life. Its effect on me actually started before I was born. Many of you guys don’t know this, but my grandmother was a seamstress. My grandparents did not have enough money, they could not afford my mother’s Catholic school tuition. So my grandmother sewed clothes for the priests and the nuns and made uniforms for the students in exchange for my mother’s education. She then passed this gift onto my mother and taught her how to sew.
Starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels didn’t really want to dress four black country curvy girls, and we couldn’t afford designer dresses and couture. My mother was rejected from every showroom in New York. But like my grandmother, she used her talent and her creativity to give her children their dreams. My mother and my uncle, God rest his soul, made all of our first costumes, individually sewing hundreds of crystals and pearls, putting so much passion and love into every small detail. When I wore these clothes I felt like Khaleesi. I had an extra suit of armour. It was so much deeper than any brand name.
My mother is fabulous and beautiful and she’s here tonight. My mother, my grandmother, and my uncle are always with me so I cannot fail. My mother actually designed my wedding dress, my prom dress, my first CFDA Award dress, my first Grammy dress, and the list goes on and on. And this to me is the true power and potential of fashion. It’s a tool for finding your own identity. It transcends style, and it’s a time capsule of all of our greatest milestones. So to my mother, my grandmother, my uncle, thank y’all. Thank you for showing me that having presence is about far more than the clothes you wear and your physical beauty. Thank you for showing me how to take risks, work hard, and live life on my own terms.
I want to say thank you to every designer who works tirelessly to make people think they can write their own story. Y’all are fairy godmothers, magicians, sculptors, and sometimes even our therapists. I encourage you to not forget this power you have or to take it lightly. We have the opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or magazine cover and see her own reflection. Soul has no colour, no shape, no form. Just like all of your work, it goes far beyond what the eye can see. You have the power to change perception, to inspire and empower, and to show people how to embrace their complications, and see the flaws, and the true beauty and strength that’s inside all of us. Thank you so much for this incredible award, I’ll never forget this night. God bless you all. Thank you.”
Words by Bridget McDonnell