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Jun 07, 2016

Last night (June 6th) the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards (CFDA) took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The stars graced the red carpet, sparkled and shined like the stars in the sky. In attendance were: Ciara, the Olsen family, Jason Derulo, Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn, Laverne Cox , Joan Smalls, Adriana Lima, Gabrielle Union; and so many others. 

The highlight at the CFDA was Beyonce, who dazzled in a shimmering Givenchy pantsuit and her signature Formation black wide brim hat. 

Jay Z and Blue Ivy were in attendance with Beyonce and had a family moment on the red carpet.

She was also joined by her mother Tina Lawson and her husband, Richard Lawson.

The event was hosted by comedian and actor Joel McHale and the purpose of the CFDA is to recognize the accomplishments of those from different industry, who have made contributions to fashion. It varies from womenswear, to mens fashion, accersories and the impact made through music, creativity, art, journalism; and etc. Prince was tributed at the ceremony by Jennifer Hudson who performed on stage. 

Beyonce was presented with the 'Fashion Icon' award by Diane von Fürstenberg, who is the head of the board at the council.

Yonce was honored for her many creative and artistic fashion contributions through her career, which influenced the culture of music, innovated the culture of style, presented the fearlessness of being an individual and expressing yourself through the culture of fashion. Also, influenced the creative aspect of art in fashion, hair designs and hair styles, the culture of jewerly; and just overall made an impact to society as an entertainer, who wasn't afraid to go beyond the sphere of fashion. 

Accepting her award, Beyonce took to the stage, overwhelmed with excitement and gratitude,

"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."

Bey gave a history about her grandmother who was a seamstress, that passed the passion and skills to her mother, Tina Lawson. Queen Bey continued with her speech giving an account of her mother's support throughout the years, who sewed several gowns and ensembles for her. Bey expressed how her mother radiates and originates what pure creativity, courage; and authencity is in fashion.

"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." 

She thanked her mother for the love and support that kept her motivated, strong, to make her presence felt and impact others with the beauty of her soul, for teaching her how to stand up for herself, to go above and beyond her fears, to put for effort in all that she does, to be fearless in who she is, to embrace it; and be herself. Beyonce also, thanked her gradnmother and uncle during her speech.

"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." 

Yonce proceeded and expressed her thankfulness for other fashion designers, who create with enough space to give people room to express their own styles, to be free in their fashion sense and etc.  

"I want to say thank you to every designer that works tirelessly to make people feel like they can write their own story. Y'all are fairy godmothers, and magicians, and sculptors, sometimes even our therapists. I encourage you to not forget this power that you have, or take it lightly."

 

In closing her speech, Beyonce utilized the platform at the CFDA to make a statement in fashion about empowering others to love the skin their in, no matter their cultures, size, backgrounds; and for them to be able to see themselves in fashion and its vision. Especially girls who are influential when it comes to self esteem and helping them to cultivate and nurture it. 

"We have an opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or a magazine cover and see her own reflection. The soul has no color, no shape, no form. Just like all of your work, it goes so far beyond what the eyes can see. And 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."