Beyoncé proves yet again why she’s earned the title Queen B: from owning two beehives, elevating black voices, to doing her best as a parent to keep the world a positive place for her three children — the multihyphenate sat down with British Vogue in a rare and candid interview detailing how she tackled 2020.
During a year where it feels as if something or someone is being taken away at any given moment, the Houston native was able to find joy in fashion with the help from ‘Fashion Fridays’ and her three children Blue Ivy, Rumi, and Sir: “Every Friday, we would dress up in my clothes or make clothes together and take each other’s pictures,” she said. “It became a ritual for us and an opportunity to handle this crazy year together.”
Their tradition inspired the newest Ivy Park collection by using bright and bold colors with a combination of earth tones to remind people to smile.
It goes without saying that fashion is always at the forefront of the 39-year-old’s projects. And with the release of her film Black Is King, she proved yet again just how meticulous her fashion choices are.
“It was important that we worked with African designers, and the wardrobe amplified key themes in the film, such as black opulence and excellence. The fashion displayed a range of culture and heritage. The way we used color to transition from one emotion to another was intentional and symbolic.”
When asked why elevating black and specifically African voices has been such an important mission for the Grammy-winning singer, she had Blue to thank. Beyoncé disclosed that it wasn’t until she gave birth to the now 8-year-old that she truly understood her power. Adding that “It became my mission to make sure she lived in a world where she feels truly seen and valued.”
“And, after having my son, Sir Carter, I felt it was important to uplift and praise our boys and to assure that they grow up with enough films, children’s books and music that promote emotional intelligence, self-value and our rich history,” she continued.
The mother of three has learned a lot in the past months including becoming a better listener. “Blue is very smart, and she is aware that there is a shift, but it is my job as a parent to do my best to keep her world as positive and safe as can be for an eight-year-old. My best advice is to love them harder than ever. I let my children know that they are never too young to contribute to changing the world. I never underestimate their thoughts and feelings, and I check in with them to understand how this is affecting them.”
The best part? The love is clearly reciprocated by the one and only, Blue Ivy: “When I tell her I’m proud of her, she tells me that she’s proud of me and that I’m doing a good job. It’s teeeeeew much sweetness. She melts my heart. I believe the best way to teach them is to be the example.”
From revealing that she owns around 80,000 bees that make hundreds of jars of honey a year to focusing on building her legacy and representing her culture, it’s no surprise that the NAACP Image Award winner has “decided to give myself permission to focus on my joy.”
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