We should have seen this coming from the queen of surprises.
Social media was abuzz Monday night during the CFDA Awards red carpet in New York City about a special surprise, said to be coming at 9:20 p.m. Of course, in fashion industry speak, that actually meant closer to midnight, when Diane Von Furstenberg presented Beyoncé with the 2016 Fashion Icon award.
Joined by husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy, Mrs. Carter-Knowles completely dressed the part to accept the award, wearing a hat straight off of her Formation World Tour…
…and a pinstripe Givenchy suit that gave off major Michael Jackson circa 1980 vibes:
In her touching speech, Beyoncé thanked her mother Tina Knowles for the many costumes and gowns she made over the years, talked about how Destiny’s Child struggled getting designers to dress them before they were superstars, and sent a strong message about positive body image to the designers in the room.
“We have an opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or magazine cover and see her own reflection,” Beyoncé said. “Soul has no color. No shape, No form. Just like all your work, it goes so far beyond what the eyes can see. You have the power to change perception, to inspire and empower, to show people how to embrace their complications and flaws and see the true beauty that’s inside all of us.”
The Fashion Icon award was announced after speculation from fans over the mystery guest — rumors that Kim Kardashian or Lil’ Kim would receive the award flooded social media — but it was soon revealed that, just as we suspected, no one can take the throne from Queen Bey.
Her newest accolade is especially fitting on the heels of not only her current high-fashion world tour but the powerfully fashionable visual album “Lemonade.” Fans lost it over her ensembles in the accompanying one-hour film, which sparked a ton of style inspiration and a certain thirst for yellow dresses.
Beyoncé has long been an icon, both musically and sartorially. Congratulations to her for nabbing the award to go with it!
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