Beyonce Says High-End Designers Didn't Want to Dress Destiny's Child

She is the winner of CFDA's Fashion Icon Award.

Wearing a sparkly pinstripe Givenchy suit and a huge Bolero hat from her Formation tour, Beyonce then spoke of her early outfits as a performer.

"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," she 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."

Referring to "Game of Thrones" character Daenerys Targaryen, Beyonce said, "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."

She then thanked her family, including her mother, Tina Knowles, who was in the audience. "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," she said.

She also reminded the designers that they 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."

You can check out the entire speech at Vogue.com.

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