Listen up, Beyoncé does not do interviews. She does not do sit-down interviews, phone interviews, I'll speak through my publicist type interview, I mean, the woman doesn't even do a dang-on fill-in the blank Q&A 'cause she's that much of a boss. (She's literally the first person ever to grace the cover of Vogue without granting the publication an interview.) So, imagine my complete and utter surprise when I found out that the Queen of EVERYTHING (including media silence) gave a rare on-camera, might I add, interview for her mother Tina Knowles Lawson’s third annual Wearable Art Gala in Los Angeles earlier this month.
After walking the Gala's red carpet with her oldest daughter Blue Ivy and husband Jay Z, the 37-year-old singer sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network for an upcoming special.
"This is one of the only red carpets I get to do with my family," Bey said in a clip of the interview, which was teased on social media Wednesday (June 12). "My daughter gets to dress up and my husband...this year it's Lion King which, obviously I play Nala. So it’s the first time I’m doing any appearance as a person that stars in The Lion King, which is something that I grew up watching and I’m so excited for my kids to see but it means, even more, to share this experience and culture of The Lion King with my mother and my family."
Bey then spoke about the importance of black art and emerging black artists as the Wearable Art Gala serves as a fundraiser for WACO, which is a Los Angeles performing arts center founded by Tina and her husband Richard Lawson. "My mother and Richard believe that art is a representation of our history," Beyoncé shared. "Right now there's a shift and these incredibly talented emerging black artists are getting their dues. I love so many great African American artists, so I'm just super excited that these young black artists are getting their dues."
"My mother just praised being black and made sure we were proud and we were very aware of our roots," the "Before I Let Go" singer, who served as the event’s co-chair alongside her sister Solange and former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland, continued. "We saw how beautiful and profound black women were, and how different we were and how you couldn't put us in one box."
"My mother has always been an entrepreneur and she's taking that and teaching young women that they can be entrepreneurs," she added. "She's exposing them to things that they probably would never see. She dedicates her life to it and she's found the perfect partner, Richard, who also is just a kind, honest, beautiful human being that also dedicates his life to the well-being of these kids. It's about the impact you've had on this earth. My mother always believed that every person in the world has a purpose and I think her gift is helping realize that purpose a lot faster."
As previously reported, Beyonce and Blue paid tribute to the Lion King by channeling their inner Lionesses for the 2019 Wearable Art Gala. For Bey's look, she went all out wearing a custom Georges Hobeika sequined bodysuit that featured a lion's face on it and feathered lion's mane. Her breathtaking outfit was completed with a floor-length golden cape. Blue followed in her mommy's footsteps and also went with a Lion King-inspired look, wearing a tribal headpiece and a matching yellow gown.
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