"When I wore these clothes on stage I felt like Khaleesi. I had an extra suit of armor. It was so much deeper than any brand name." - Beyonce
In her acceptance speech, Beyonce reflected on how her grandmothers' work as a seamstress began her journey into fashion, and how her mother and uncle used to work on the costumes that her and the Destiny Child's singers would wear because "no one wanted to dress four, thick, country girls".
This speech was so powerful on so many levels. Beyonce touched on how fashion isn't something reserved for the upper class, but can be used as "a tool for finding your own identity and expression." Often times when you think of fashion, people think of the brand names, the big labels. Moschino, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, etc. But when you look in the fashion magazines, rarely do you see Black or Hispanic people, people who are disabled, or people who are overweight in the ads.
The fashion industry has made it clear that they aren't looking to appeal to our target market. But in the last few years, we've seen artist like Beyonce, Kanye West, Pharrell, and even Rihanna becoming some of the biggest fashion influencers of our generation. Some of the biggest fashion bloggers are women who are plus sized, and women who shop at thift shops because they can't afford the latest Givenchy outfit.
Her speech spoke to those who want to rock the brand names, but can't afford it. For those who have family that support them relentlessly, and most importantly to people of color who aren't represented in the fashion industry enough.
Check out her full speech here: Beyonce Live from the CFDAs Swarvoski's Periscope