Tina Knowles

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Tina Knowles
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Knowles in 2011
Celestine Ann Beyonce[1]

(1954-01-04) January 4, 1954 (age 66)
Other namesTina Knowles-Lawson
Tina Lawson
House of Deréon
(m. 1980; div. 2011)

(m. 2015)
ChildrenBeyoncé Knowles
Solange Knowles
RelativesBlue Ivy (granddaughter)

Celestine Ann Knowles (née Beyonce; born January 4, 1954)[2][3][4] is an American businesswoman and fashion designer known for her House of Deréon and Miss Tina by Tina Knowles fashion brands. She is the mother of singers Beyoncé Knowles and Solange Knowles, and, until 2011, was married to their father Mathew Knowles, the manager of Destiny's Child.

Personal life[edit]

Celestine Ann Beyonce[2][5] was born in Galveston, Texas, in 1954,[6] the last of seven siblings.[5][6] She is of Louisiana Creole of color (French, Native American, and African),[7][8] ancestry.[9][10][11] Her family roots are from Boutte, Louisiana.[12][13] She is a descendant of Acadian leader Joseph Broussard.[14] While in high school, Knowles was a part of a singing group called the Veltones, inspired by The Supremes.[6] She married Mathew Knowles in 1980.[15] Filing for divorce in 2009, she dropped the matter in 2010, then refiled in August 2011, stating "discord or conflict of personalities" which prevented them from "reasonable expectation of reconciliation" as the reason. The divorce was finalized in November 2011.[16]

Knowles has four grandchildren; granddaughters Blue Ivy and Rumi Carter and grandsons Daniel Julez J. Smith, Jr. and Sir Carter.[14][17] She started dating actor Richard Lawson in the summer of 2013.[18] The couple got married on April 12, 2015.[19] Through this marriage, Knowles became stepmother to Lawson's daughter, actress Bianca Lawson.


Tina Knowles and Beyoncé pictured during the opening of the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center in Brooklyn in March 2010

Tina Knowles started her career at 19 when she relocated to California to work as a makeup artist for Shiseido. However, she returned home when her parents fell ill.[5] Knowles worked as a dance choreographer for UAB in Birmingham, Alabama before working as a beautician until 1990 when she opened the salon Headliners, located in Houston.[6] The salon went on to become one of the most famous hair businesses in Houston.[20] Tina's rise to prominence came as costume designer for Destiny's Child. In the early days of her daughter's career, when money was limited, she created outfits that the members wore on-stage and to events.[20][21] In 2002, she published a book titled Destiny's Style: Bootylicious Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Secrets From Destiny's Child in which she discussed how fashion affected Destiny's Child's success. The book was published through the company HarperCollins.[22]

In 2004, Tina Knowles launched the clothing line House of Deréon alongside Beyoncé, naming it after her mother Agnes Deréon.[17] On November 22, 2010, Knowles appeared with Beyoncé on The View to promote her clothing line called "Miss Tina by Tina Knowles".[23] In 2010, she expanded the line to Walmart after it was previously being sold on the Home Shopping Network.[17] Discussing her style of designing for the line, Knowles revealed she aimed to "hide flaws and create a slimming silhouette", adding, "Everything is created like a foundation garment, even the dresses. The pieces are designed to make the woman look leaner and taller."[17] In 2010, Tina Knowles again collaborated with Beyoncé to open the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at the Phoenix House in Brooklyn.[17]

In July 2020, Knowles made a cameo in Beyonce's Disney + film Black Is King. Before the film's release, she revealed she had let her daughter borrow art pieces for the project. [24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Naming laws in Texas do not allow special letters with accents (é).
  2. ^ a b Knowles, Tina (April 25, 2020). "Tina Knowles on Instagram". Instagram. It is five Beyoncé children that my daddy had. Only the first three had the same spelling Beyince’ me and my youngest brother had Beyonce’ on our birth certificates . So however they spelled it on our birth certificate is how we spelled it also.
  3. ^ "Person Details for Celestine Knowles, "United States Public Records, 1970-2009"". FamilySearch.org. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 4, 2019". United Press International. January 4, 2019. Archived from the original on January 5, 2019. Retrieved September 4, 2019. fashion designer Tina Knowles (mother of singer Beyonce Knowles) in 1954 (age 65)
  5. ^ a b c Hawgood, Alex (January 21, 2017). "Catching Up With the Matriarch Behind Beyoncé and Solange". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d Hall, Michael (April 2004). "It's a Family Affair". Texas Monthly. ISSN 0148-7736. Archived from the original on March 25, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2014. She was born Celestine Beyoncé in Galveston in 1954.
  7. ^ "The Matriarch Behind Beyoncé and Solange". New York Times. 21 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Beyoncé Knowles: A Creole Queen". kreol. 3 October 2012.
  9. ^ Daryl Easlea (2011). Crazy in Love: The Beyoncé Knowles Biography. p. 4.
  10. ^ Cherese Cartlidge (17 May 2012). Beyoncé. Greenhaven Publishing LLC. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-4205-0966-3.
  11. ^ Janice Arenofsky (2009). Beyoncé Knowles: A Biography. ABC-CLIO. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-313-35914-9.
  12. ^ "Beyoncé Knowles' Biography". Fox News Channel. April 15, 2008. Archived from the original on January 30, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2019. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born ...to parents Mathew Knowles and Tina Beyince.
  13. ^ Daniels, Cora; Jackson, John L. (2014). Impolite Conversations: On Race, Politics, Sex, Money, and Religion. Simon and Schuster. p. 198. ISBN 9781476739113. Retrieved June 10, 2015. beyonce native american african french l'oreal.
  14. ^ a b Smolenyak, Megan (January 12, 2012). "A Peek into Blue Ivy Carter's Past". The Huffington Post (AOL). Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  15. ^ Perpetua, Matthew (December 19, 2011). "Beyoncé's Parents Finalize Divorce". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved September 7, 2014. The couple, who married in 1980, filed for divorce back in 2009.
  16. ^ "Beyonce's Mom & Dad -- Finally Divorced ... for Real This Time". TMZ.com. December 19, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2019. The final decree of divorce was issued last month in a Texas court, and according to documents — obtained by TMZ — eyonce's mom refiled on August 30. Tina's first swing at the divorce was in November 2009 ... but the matter was dropped in 2010 when they were both no-shows for court.
  17. ^ a b c d e Sewing, Joy (October 17, 2010). "Tina Knowles offers high fashion at low cost". Houston Chronicle. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  18. ^ "Tina Knowles Opens Up About Dating And Life After Mathew Knowles (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. October 7, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  19. ^ "Beyoncé's Mom Tina Knowles Marries in Elegant Yacht Wedding: Photo". Us Weekly. April 13, 2015.
  20. ^ a b "Mother Power! - Beyoncé and Tina Knowles". Ebony. 58 (7). Johnson Publishing Company. May 2003. p. 166. ISSN 0012-9011. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  21. ^ Dunn, Jancee (June 10, 2001). "Date with destiny". The Observer. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  22. ^ "Book Excerpt: Destiny's Style". ABC News. American Broadcasting Company. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  23. ^ "Tina Knowles Shows Off Her Clothing Line on 'The View'". OK!. Northern & Shell. November 22, 2010. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  24. ^ Shaffer, Claire; Shaffer, Claire (February 11, 2020). "Beyoncé Is Borrowing Some of Her Mother's Art Pieces for a Mysterious New Project".