In Beyoncé’s close relationship with her mother, Tina Knowles

Long before Beyoncé was born, her mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, lived a life that would make her the ideal parent of a future pop powerhouse. According to Texas Monthly, Knowles-Lawson started singing as a teenager and got a sneak peek of what her daughter would one day experience with Destiny’s Child, but Knowles-Lawson’s group, the Veltones, never became a household name. She later traded her microphone for a makeup brush and worked for Shiseido Cosmetics before opening a successful beauty salon in Houston, according to The New York Times.

As the daughter of a seamstress, Knowles-Lawson added another useful talent to her skills. “I used to do everyone’s hair and make-up. I made all my friends’ prom dresses,” she told Renaissance Man host Jalen Rose (via the New York Post). Her ability to sew would come in handy when Destiny’s Child’s luggage was lost before an event, and after Wyclef Jean complimented the coordinating ensembles Knowles-Lawson had created by altering some camouflage clothing, she found herself with a full-time job designing the group’s wardrobe.

“Like my grandmother, she used her talent and creativity to give her children their dreams,” Beyoncé told E! News. However, the two women’s close bond is held together by so much more than the threads of their family passion for fashion.

Beyoncé and her mom have supported each other through good times and bad

Beyoncé’s first name is actually her mother’s maiden name, Tina Knowles-Lawson revealed on Heather Thomson’s In My Heart podcast. Being named after a parent can cause a lot of pain if the bond between parent and child is ever broken, but it seems nothing can come between Beyoncé and her mother.

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When Beyoncé and Jay-Z married in 2008, Knowles-Lawson was given a task of immense importance: designing her daughter’s wedding dress. However, the bride later threw a little shade at her mother, suggesting she wasn’t happy with her work. “She said, ‘When my daughter gets married, I’ll let her choose her own dress,'” Knowles-Lawson recalled during an appearance on Today.

When Knowles-Lawson divorced Mathew Knowles in 2011, Beyoncé and the ex’s other daughter, Solange Knowles, found a way to cheer up their mom. “I called them crying and you know they all came,” Knowles-Lawson told ABC13. “We had a slumber party, we watched old movies all night and ate ice cream — it was very healing.” Happier times were ahead for Knowles-Lawson, whose daughters watched as she married new love Richard Lawson in 2015, according to TMZ. And we’re just guessing that Bey was smitten for her mom. “I hope you have everything in your life that your soul desires. Mom, I love you deeply, deeply!” the singer wrote on Instagram in celebration of Knowles-Lawson’s birthday in 2021.

Fashion remains a family affair for Beyoncé and Tina Knowles-Lawson

In 2004, Beyoncé and Tina Knowles-Lawson teamed up to bring their style to the masses with their own clothing line, House of Deréon. The brand bears the maiden name of Knowles-Lawson’s mother, according to AP News. In an interview with CNN, Beyoncé explained why she wanted to work with her mother. “It’s so great for us to be able to do this together, firstly because we get to spend time together and secondly because we have so much respect for each other’s tastes,” she said. More than a decade and a half later, Knowles-Lawson helped Beyoncé promote her Ivy Park clothing line by modeling some of the pieces herself. Beyoncé added children’s clothing to the label, so it was only natural that her own children – Blue Ivy, Rumi and Sir – would follow in their mother’s and grandmother’s fashion footsteps by also serving as models.

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In an interview with Oprah Daily, Knowles-Lawson spoke about her grandchildren’s style. “Well, they’re little fashionistas, and they have a clear determination about what they like and don’t like,” she revealed. “They absolutely give input to the brand.”

But while Beyoncé instilled in her children the same love of fashion that her mother instilled in her, Knowles-Lawson has taught her daughter that the good life isn’t just about glitz, glamor and great tailoring. “My mother always told me that beauty fades but inner beauty is forever,” Beyoncé told Cosmopolitan.