Tina Knowles-Lawson Reveals The Inspiration Behind Destiny’s Child’s Camouflage Costumes

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ESSENCE Festival’s Beauty and Style stage offered up many gems and never-before-told stories from some of our favorite celebrities, including Beyoncé and Solange’s mother (aka Mama Tina), who shared sentimental stories from Destiny’s Child days.

In particular, being the group’s stylist, Lawson revealed that she was given a $1500 budget by the record company to dress the girls. While it wasn’t much, she put her creativity to the test and pushed the boundaries when it came to the group’s fashion aesthetic.

“I’m a huge fan of Motown,” Lawson said. “When you saw them on stage, you saw sparkle…you saw attitude. They didn’t have on t-shirt and jeans.”

Destiny’s Child style can certainly be summed up as fabulous, funky, and fresh. Many of us remember them  making camouflage a fashion statement for the ladies, but surprisingly enough, that look was something that happened on the fly.

During the chat, Lawson recalls a performance trip to Jamaica that didn’t go as planned. Apparently, the girl’s costumes had gone missing. But Lawson didn’t let that stop them from being dressed to the nines. Instead, she visited a local flea market and found a camouflage fabric she fell in love with. Before she knew it, it was a full on-trend that was catapulted by their “Survivor “music video.

“The camouflage was probably my favorite thing,” Lawson continued, detailing that New Orleans native rapper Master P, who rocked camo frequently, was her inspiration behind the now-iconic costumes worn by the girls.

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