On Monday night (June 6,2016), Beyoncé surprised the crowd at this year’s CFDA Awards to gracefully accept her 2016 Fashion Icon Award. Beyoncé's powerful acceptance speech stole the show on a night dedicated to honoring some of the world's most creative fashion designers and artists.
Bey donned a fascinating Givenchy suit (A skirt alone can easily cost more than $1,000.00) and the now-famous over-sized black brim hat that she rocked in the infamous “Formation” video, she took the stage to thank her mom, who not only designed most of her early performance outfits, but also stepped in to style ALL of Destiny’s Child clothes when big name designers balked at even bothering to dress “four Black, country, curvy girls.”
Check out Beyonce's acceptance speech:
"As long as I can remember, fashion has always been a part of my life. Its effect on me actually started before I was born. Most of you guys don’t know this but my grandmother was a seamstress. My grandparents did not have enough money and 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 down to my mother and taught her how to sew.
When we were 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 creativity to give her children their dreams. My mother and my Uncle Johnny, God bless his soul, designed all of our first costumes and made each piece by hand, individually sewing hundreds of crystals and pearls, putting so much passion and love into ever small detail. When I wore these clothes on stage I felt like Khaleesi. I had an extra suit of armor. It was so much deeper than any brand name.
My mother — who’s so fabulous and beautiful and is here tonight, I love you — my grandmother, and my uncle were always with me so I could not fail. My mother actually designed my wedding dress, my prom dress, my first CFDA Awards 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, expression, and strength.
It transcends style and is a time capsule of all of our greatest milestones. So to my mother, my uncle, my grandma, thank y’all. Thank you for showing me that having a presence is far more than the clothes you wear and your physical beauty. Thank you for showing me to never take no for an answer. Thank you for showing me how to take risks, work hard, and live life on my own terms.
Bey’s touching and heartfelt speech not only rained praise down on her creative mother, but it was also a shoutout to Black women everywhere who’ve always found a way to shine and display their beauty despite having to overcome major financial and societal roadblocks in their lives.
Tell us below in the comment section what you think about her speech and what YOU did to piece your look together whether you had the money to do it or not.