Everyone’s favorite fashionable auntie, Ms. Tina Lawson, has been featured in the latest online fashion and style editorial of The New York Times and per usual the Matriarch to musical and style icons, Beyonce’ and Solange, is serving up her customary dishes of beauty, style and grace.
In the article, the ex-beautician and clothing designer takes readers on a trip down memory lane as she recounts how she got her start in the beauty and fashion world.
The 63-year-old also dishes on the rise and fall of her marriage to ex-hubby Matthew Knowles, finding love again, and the die-hard parenting mantra she lived by that eventually helped shape her daughters into the strong confident women they are today.
Check out five fun facts you may or may not have known about Ms. Tina.
1. Tina joined a singing group in High School: Before the Bootylicious days of Destiny’s Child, and successful solo careers of Beyonce’ and Solange, there were the unknown tunes of Mama Tina and members of her high school singing group. It was here where her fashion roots were watered as she put her design skills to the test making sparkly Supremes like costumes for the girls’ performances.
2. She has a love for African and African American Art: The motto “art is an imitation of life” couldn’t be more true for Ms. Tina, specifically concerning her art collection depicting varying images of women of color in a positive light. In an interview (coordinated through email of course) Beyonce’ elaborated on the importance of growing up seeing these images. “I think it was important to my mother to surround us with positive, powerful, strong images of African and African-American art so that we could reflect and see ourselves in them.”
3. Tina learned how to do make up from Drag Queens: At the age of 19 Tina set her sights on Cali to further her career as a make-up artist, working for Shiseido Cosmetics. It was during this time she learned all of her styling tricks from Drag Queens.
4. Matthew Knowles helped jumpstart her career as a successful salon owner: Before his desire to turn his daughters into multi-millionaire moguls, Matthew had his eyes set on making sure his wife had the pleasure of owning and having her own. Once Tina returned to Texas after her stint in California Matthew helped her open up a 12-seat hair salon in Houston called Headliners. The salon, which was in business for 20 years, helped the Knowles family afford an upper-class lifestyle.
5. Tina’s breakup from Matthew was pure liberation: After 33 years of marriage, a few cheating scandals, and two alleged out of wedlock babies Tina filed for divorce in 2009 citing “conflict of personalities.” Though her professional life seemed on point, Ms. Lawson felt that her “world completely stopped.”
“I kind of lost myself. All these things that I love — going to art shows, reading art books, going out dancing — I had stopped. That’s not really loving yourself, if you’re not taking care of yourself in terms of your needs and what makes you happy.”
On a mission to do a complete revamp of her soul, Tina closed all of her businesses, packed up her belongings and moved to L.A. where she reconnected with – and later married – long-time friend, actor Richard Lawson. When speaking of her life today she says, “I just feel so liberated now, I really do.”
Ms. Lawson now spends much of her time on black female empowerment issues and philanthropy. She and her husband also have plans to open up an acting workshop for underserved youth in L.A. called the WACO (Where Art Can Occur) Theatre.
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