Beyoncé took the podium at the CFDA Fashion Awards to accept the Fashion Icon prize, adorned in a glittery gold pinstriped Givenchy two-piece suit and a wide-brimmed hat – a conscious nod to her Southern roots.
Flawless as usual.
“What really matters is talent,” Diane von Furstenberg began, lauding the 34-year-old for her incomparable accomplishments in both music and fashion. “Talent is the solution and talent is what we celebrate tonight,” she concluded.
Beyoncé began an acceptance speech that weaved through the humble beginnings which formed the foundation of her stellar career. In true Lemonade fashion, Beyoncé praised the women who came before her, acknowledging their contributions to her path:
“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.”
“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.”
The Grammy-winning artist continued, explaining the fluidity of fashion and its ability to transcend race, culture, and borders.
“Soul has no color, no shape, no form. Just like all your work, it goes so far beyond what the eyes can see,” she said. “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.”
And with the Southern twang that continues to be the backbone of her voice, Bey concluded with: “God bless y’all.”
We are so proud of the eloquence, grace, and ferocity Beyoncé brings to fashion, style, entertainment, and well, every damn thing she does!