The prominent visionary and matriarch of the Knowles family is an outspoken social justice activist, entrepreneur, fashion designer, and philanthropist. While she is the mother of megastars Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, she is a celebrity in her own right. Knowles, born Celestine Ann Beyoncé, is a Galveston, TX native whose family is of African American and Louisiana Creole descent. She had a passion for music as a member of the singing group the Veltones, inspired by The Supremes. Knowles would meet and marry Xerox salesman Mathew Knowles in 1980, the pair would share two daughters. Most famous for her work as owner and stylist of Houston’s Headliners hair salon, her creativity and style would take her to new heights as a designer. During the early days of her daughter’s career, Knowles would prove to be an innovative creative director as the costume designer for Destiny’s Child.
In her book, Destiny’s Style: Bootylicious Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Secrets From Destiny’s Child, she details how fashion played a big role in the success of the iconic girl group. In 2004, alongside her famous daughter Beyoncé, Knowles would launch the clothing brand ‘House of Deréon’ named for her mother. She would also expand her fashion empire with ‘Miss Tina by Tina Knowles’ affordable fashions for every woman. Often credited as the Director of Wardrobe during Destiny’s Child’s career and Beyoncé’s solo tour ‘Life is but a Dream,’ Knowles has continued to be an unparalleled creative fashion force. Knowles is also known as the “Queen of Instagram” where has made a huge influence with her talk show ‘Talks with Mama Tina.’ The show features a variety of intimate discussions around voter suppression, race relations, and other social justice issues airing on Facebook. In 2021, Knowles was Awarded the Trae tha Truth ‘Change Maker Award’ for her relentless dedication to social change. In August 2021, it was announced that she will be pricing the Discovery Inc and Oprah Winfrey Network program titled ‘Breaking Black’. The show will feature the difficulties facing black men in America, while also celebrating success stories of everyday living.