While Beyonce is known for looking fierce, it hasn’t always been in those Givenchy dresses.
The singer and queen was honoured as a "fashion icon" at the Council of Fashion Designer of America Awards in New York, where she used her speech to thank her mother for believing in her when the big brands didn’t.
When she first hit the music scene with Destiny’s Child, “high-end labels didn’t really want to dress four black, country, curvy girls”, she says.
When I wore these clothes I felt like Khaleesi. I had an extra suit of armour. It was so much deeper than any brand name.
Instead, Beyonce’s mother and uncle painstakingly worked to create all of the group’s costumes. They learnt their skill from the singer's grandmother who couldn't afford her daughter's tuition frees so traded her skills as a seamstress for her child's education.
“When I wore these clothes I felt like Khaleesi. I had an extra suit of armour. It was so much deeper than any brand name,” Beyonce said. “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 went on to say that their efforts showed her "that having presence is about far more than the clothes you wear and your physical beauty."