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Beyoncé rarely gives interviews these days, but the singer broke her media silence to gush about one of the most important people in her life: Her mom.
The New York Times (opens in new tab) ran a profile on Bey's mom, Tina Knowles Lawson, and that was enough to get her talking (well, kind of—as Vanity Fair (opens in new tab) reports, the interview was done via email, through a publicist).
In the interview, Beyoncé opened up about how her mom created a home environment that made her daughters feel strong and powerful.
"I think it was important to my mother to surround us with positive, powerful, strong images of African and African-American art so that we could reflect and see ourselves in them," she explained.
And while Beyoncé and Solange certainly benefitted from Tina's nurturing, they're not the only ones. Lawson been helping women feel confident in their own skin since her days as a beautician.
"My mother has always been invested in making women feel beautiful, whether it was through someone sitting in her hair chair or making a prom dress for one of the girls at church," Beyoncé added. "And her art collection always told the stories of women wanting to do the same."
Solange couldn't agree more. "If my sister and my project feels like an 'awakening' to some, I am constantly saying that we both grew up in a home with two words: Tina Knowles."
Well, there you have it. All praise Tina Knowles.
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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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