The red carpet looks at the CFDA Awards were outstanding, to be sure, but Beyoncé truly won the night with her powerful acceptance speech after receiving the 2016 Fashion Icon Award.
Wearing a striped Givenchy pantsuit, she started by revealing how fashion has been ingrained in her life since the beginning, thanks to her grandmother. "Most of you guys don't know this, but my grandmother was a seamstress," she said. "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."
Many of you know how her mother, Tina Knowles, sewed all the original costumes for Destiny's Child. But Beyoncé pointed out that the road was not always easy. "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."
Her speech, which you can watch in full below, is full of inspirational words of wisdom, but we especially loved how she urged designers not to take their power for granted: "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."
Watch the video below to see Beyoncé's full speech on Periscope—and just try to hold back the tears.
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