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Throughout her career that spans over 20 years, Beyoncé‘s style has evolved dramatically. Finally the world is taking notice.

The Queen was awarded the 2016 CFDA Fashion Icon Award by board chairman Diane von Furstenberg last night and of course, she showed up in style. Beyoncé rocked a classy black and silver Givenchy suit with an oversized hat that she made famous in the “Formation” video.


She brought Jay Z, Blue Ivy, her mom Tina and her husband Richard Lawson along for support.

In her speech, the Lemonade singer thanked her mom and grandma for her sense of style and presence:

“Many of you guys don’t know this, but my grandmother was a seamstress. My grandparents did not have enough money; they 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 onto my mother and taught her how to sew.”

Beyonce also revealed that she wasn’t always fortunate enough to be rocking Givenchy suits:

“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. 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. 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.”


Adding sugar to the lemonade, the award show marked the first time that Bey and Jay were in the same room as Rachel Roy following the “becky with the good hair” saga.

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross also attended the event, giving mermaid vibes in her metallic gown by Suno. She said of Bey, “What’s not to love about Beyonce? Everything about Beyonce is just so incredible — not only her talent and her style, but she also comes across as very powerful and not afraid to make her own choices. All those things make her a true icon.”

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Fashion icon Naomi Campbell was also honored on Monday. She took home the Swarovski Award for Womenswear.

The CFDA’s Board of Directors also paid tribute to style icon David Bowie

If you need a reminder of past CFDA Award winners, we’re sure you didn’t forget this.

SOURCE: Billboard | PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram, Splash

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