“You know what? She’s holding it down for so many other women that are with child and showing them, okay, still be as fierce as you feel and as you can because some women do have a hard time and don’t feel as great all the time,” the 36-year-old told reporters about her Destiny’s Child bandmate.
Williams also cited Beyoncé’s mother Tina Lawson’s influence on her songstress daughter’s style.
“When she steps out, she’s like, ‘I’ve got to look as best as I can’ because that’s what Miss Tina instilled — at least wear some foundation and a red lip, at least. So she’s always like, ‘Try to look as best as you can,’ so that’s why we’re here tonight at the Wearable Art Gala. People will see that Miss Tina has done some stuff by hand herself, and that’s what she’s always done since I’ve known her for 17 years. That’s a long time.”
At the same event, Lawson said she “can’t wait” to be a grandmother again. Lawson and her husband Richard praised Beyoncé and Jay Z, who already share 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, as “incredible parents.”
Lawson, 63, also said that she’s happy to see her daughter handing down the same important messages she tried to instill in her to the next generation of their family.
“Teaching them that what is on the inside counts more than what’s on the outside,” she said. “I see her passing it on, and it makes me really proud because that was my biggest lesson.”
Former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland also arrived with 2-year-old son Titan, who wore a baby blue suit and sneakers with his name and a crown drawn on them in marker. She captioned an adorable Instagram with him, “My date…..😍.”
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In an outside cocktail reception area, guests enjoyed displays of wearable art from FIDM students, a live band, open bar and some of “Miss Tina’s Homemade Gumbo.”
Stilt walkers and dancers roamed the event, and Octavia Spencer watched and danced along to the band playing, “When The Saints Go Marching In.” Solange Knowles and Kris Jenner also attended the event.