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Beyonce Takes Home CFDA Fashion Icon Award and Reflects on the Power of Fashion

Queen Bey’s discussion worthy fashion sense has finally landed the recognition that it deserves. On Monday night Beyonce accepted the CFDA Fashion Icon award at the 2016 CFDA Awards in New York City.

Beyonce’s acceptance speech touched on the power of fashion as a “tool for finding your own identity,” as she discussed a journey that began with her grandmother who was a struggling seamstress and brought her to accepting her award in a blinged out Givenchy suit and nearly $9 million in jewelry.

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“We have the opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or magazine cover and see her own reflection…Soul has no color, no shape, no form. Just like all of your work, it goes far beyond what the eye can see. You have the power to change perception, to inspire and empower, and to show people how to embrace their complications, and see the flaws, and the true beauty and strength that’s inside all of us.”

Amongst her supporters in the house was of course Mama Tina who Beyonce credits much of her fashion sense and success to noting “My mother who is so fabulous and beautiful and is here tonight,” she said. “I love you.”

Jay Z had Blu Ivy in tow as she happily greeted her own fans just before heading into the awards.

Beyonce now joins the ranks of past winners including Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Iman.

Watch her entire acceptance speech and prepare yourself for the feels:

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Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.