Beyonce Shuts Down CFDAs With Epic Speech, Daughter Blue Ivy Steals the Show
By Alex Ungerman
Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy Carter completely dominated the CFDAs!
The Lemonade singer was joined by her 4-year-old daughter -- who wore an $820 Mischka Aoki feathered skirt -- as well as husband Jay Z at the annual awards show celebrating American fashion, where she was honored by Diane von Furstenberg with the Fashion Icon Award.
Blue and Jay Z proudly watched on during Beyonce's acceptance speech, as she reflected on the long and arduous path to stardom that, in the beginning, presented more in the way of barriers than access.
"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," the GRAMMY-winning artist recalled. "My mother was rejected from every showroom in New York. But like my grandmother, she used her talent and her creativity to give her children their dreams."
"My mother and my uncle, God rest his soul, made all of our first costumes, individually sewing hundreds of crystals and pearls, putting so much passion and love into every small detail," she continued. "When I wore these clothes I felt like Khaleesi. I had an extra suit of armor. It was so much deeper than any brand name."
The pop icon devoted a significant portion of her speech to her mother, who was at the event.
"My mother actually designed my wedding dress, my prom dress, my first CFDA Award dress, my first Grammy dress, and the list goes on and on," Beyonce revealed. "And this to me is the true power and potential of fashion. It’s a tool for finding your own identity. It transcends style, and it’s a time capsule of all of our greatest milestones."
"Thank you for showing me that having presence is about far more than the clothes you wear and your physical beauty," she added. "Thank you for showing me how to take risks, work hard, and live life on my own terms."
Ending her speech with a larger message about the impact of fashion, Beyonce concluded, "We have the 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 of your work, it goes far beyond what the eye can see," she said. "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."