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Beyonce Receives Fashion Icon Award at CFDA 2016

Beyonce Receives Fashion Icon Award at CFDA 2016

Beyonce looks incredibly chic in an over sized hat while on stage at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards held at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday (June 6) in New York City.

The 34-year-old superstar was accepting the well-deserved Fashion Icon Award and made a touching speech after Diane Von Furstenberg presented her with the award.

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She opened up about her mother Tina creating her outfits before designers wanted to dress her and how fashion can inspire and empower.

“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,” Beyonce said.

Click inside to read Beyonce’s full speech….

“I feel so much love and I feel so proud right now. Thank you guys for this incredible honor. 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 giver 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.

I want to say thank you to every designer who works tirelessly to make people feel like they can write their own stories. Y’all are fairy godmothers, magicians, sculptors, and sometimes even therapists. I encourage you to not forget this power you have or take it lightly. We have an 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 color, no shape, no form. Just like all your work it goes so far beyond what the eyes can see. You have the power to change perception, to inspire and empower, to show people how to embrace their complications and flaws and see the true beauty that’s inside all of us. Thank you so much for this incredible award I’ll never forget this night. Got bless y’all.”

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Posted to: 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards, Beyonce Knowles

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  • dalovelee

    whattt?

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/cigo8179 Christopher I. Gomes

    What’s on her head….. She has a fucking umbrella on her head… She is no fashion icon!

  • Mona

    It’s a plantation hat, she’s copying the style of the aristocrat slave owners.

  • laura

    Beyoncé is so overrated…

  • laura

    I don’t understand why people treat Beyoncé as some kind of superhuman… I mean, she’s a nice singer and she’s a charismatic figure, but it’s not like she’s perfect or everything she does is perfect.

  • xyz

    Mona, what did u smoke?

  • xyz

    Shes a total fake but sheeple like to lie to themselves

  • Ericka del Valle

    I love this tribute outfit to Pharell and his Wife.

  • Michelle Eve

    Congrats Bey! The Salvation Army are sad that Ms Work didn’t get the honour. Chin up guys, next time :-)

  • Ala Rose

    but Ms. WORK already got it two years PRIOR……

  • Gina

    So you’re saying it’s political statement? She’s taking the style back and owning it? I mean it’s possible, because that style of hat is what those slave owners wore back in the day.

  • Mona

    Everything she’s been doing lately has been a political statement, her formation lyrics and video, the way she dresses like those who owned slaves 200 yrs ago and the black panthers outfits at the Superbowl … it’s absolutely amazing to me how African Americans can be so openly racist and get away with it just because of their history. Slavery has existed in other parts of the world too and people have gotten over it, moved on – that’s the only way to actually achieve equality. In one hand they want equality and in the other they’re oh so ready to play the race card for things people of other races could never get away with.

  • Mona

    I don’t smoke.

  • Gina

    My comment wasn’t an invitation for you to go on a racially insensitive and completely misguided rant. Your definition of racism is flawed. Educate yourself. Telling people to “get over” slavery & it’s residual affects is beyond disgusting. This conversation is over.

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  • Mona

    The reason you say “this conversation is over” is because you cannot argue with facts. Perhaps you’re the one who should “educate yourself”.

  • Gina

    Nah, hon. This conversation is over because one cannot argue with stupid.

  • Mona

    You’ve got a point there. Name calling certainly makes you smart….

  • Gina

    You still here? Poof, be gone.

  • Mona

    Hey this comment section is open to anybody to comment and express their opinions, you don’t own it. You’re the one who wanted to be done with the conversation as you can’t argue with what I wrote, I have no interest in conversing with you either btw but you keep responding to ME. So, BYEEEE!! :)

  • Gina

    I’ve tried to reason with racist morons like you before, but you all seem to have a chronic pigheaded gene. So, BYEEEE to you as well, moronic Mona.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/cigo8179 Christopher I. Gomes

    she is a slave owner… owning her black ppl to buy her shitty albums!!!