By: TaLesha Oliver
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I appreciate Beyoncé, not only for her music that empowers women to know their worth, but also her confidence as a southern woman who owns and loves her curves. Growing up I didn’t want to look like the tall thin fashion models. I aspired to Beyoncé for her confidence as a curvy woman, while carrying herself so gracefully. She showed me that it was okay to be voluptuous, sexy, and independent. Last night fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg presents singer Beyoncé with the CFDA Fashion Icon Award. In New York City the Council of Fashion Designers of America held an annual event recognizes the excellent contributions made to American fashion by people from different areas of the industry and related arts, with awards given in womenswear, menswear, and accessories as well as outstanding achievements in journalism, creative vision, and lifetime achievement. Beyoncé honored her mother, grandmother, and uncle, who instilled fashion in her at an early age. She stated how some designers did not want to cater to Destiny’s Child in the earlier years of their career, did not want to cater to the group, because they were curvy and new. So her mother and uncle hand made their costumes and red carpet looks with passion and love which made them stand out from the rest. “When we were starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels, they didn’t really want to dress four black country curvy girls,” Beyoncé stated. “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 her creativity to give her children their dreams.” She felt loved and proud while accepting her award in a pinstriped, crystal Givenchy suit, while keeping the “Formation” trend going with a black wide-brim hat. After showing her gratitude to her mother she thanked designers for making people feel great.