We all know that Tina Knowles Lawson has led an extraordinary life up until now. On top of being mom-ager extraordinaire to musical greats Beyoncé and sister Solange, many would say she’s also conquered love and life. In 2015, after moving on from a troubling marriage to Matthew Knowles, she married actor Richard Lawson. But as any true fan would know, this was just the cherry on the top of a list of life accomplishments for the successful Houston, Texas beautician who once owned the
After styling the group that would come to be known as Destiny’s Child, Knowles went on to launch the clothing line “House of Dereon” with daughter, Beyoncé in 2004 as well as “Ms. Tina by Tina Knowles” which was sold on both the Home Shopping Network and in Walmart stores. In 2002, she even wrote Destiny’s Style: Bootylicious Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Secrets From Destiny’s Child, a book published by HarperCollins in which she discussed how much fashion had contributed to the group’s success.
But if Ms. Knowles is anything, it isn’t selfish. ESSENCE recently sat down with the successful entrepreneur as she prepares to present at the upcoming ESSENCE Fest in Durban, South Africa on motherhood, womanhood, and handling business like a boss. She revealed that as much as she hopes to bring inspiration to the women there, she’ll also be taking some of it away:
“You know, I’ll be inspired by them as well. I’ve visited South Africa a couple of times. The first time was in 2003 and it was such a great experience. We visited a hospital while were there for an AIDS benefit event, where Beyoncé performed at a concert for Mr. Mandela. So, we really got to spend some time there and see the culture and talk to the women. So, that’s what I’m looking forward to doing.”
She also talked about the importance of representation and raising her daughters to appreciate their heritage and culture:
“Whether it be music or poetry or books or art. Just explaining to them how important it is to have pride and to give back and to give back to your community. So, those are things that are being instilled in my grandchildren as well. It’s great to fit in but, you really need to be proud of who you are. Don’t ever lose sight of who you are and where you come from.”
Mama Tina revealed that she’ll be dropping some knowledge about entrepreneurship and the options available to women when it comes to their careers:
“I’d like to inspire women to go out and start their own businesses. Whether it’s working out of your house or selling cookies out of your trunk, it’s the start of something. So, if I can inspire more women to start their businesses and to live their lives more freely and focus on their dream, then I will be very, very happy because that’s the purpose of me going.”
I’m so here for this I have my notebook and pen ready to take notes. Who better to teach about “the best revenge being your paper” than the woman who birthed Beyoncé? You can read the story in full and get more details about ESSENCE Fest Durban here.