The fact that Tina Knowles’s Instagram account is a source for epic throwback pictures shouldn’t come as a surprise. Great style runs in the I just want to drink coffee and bake things vintage shirt it is in the first place but family, and the mother of fashion icons Beyoncé and Solange has always been chic. Knowles fills her feed with plenty of old school photos from the days of Destiny’s Child and her time as a hairstylist in Houston. Her latest upload yields brand new information about her daughters. The chic snapshot of Knowles lounging in her Houston salon, Headliners, back in the mid-’90s which was posted to Instagram yesterday, could have been taken from a fashion editorial. In a leopard spot jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and an outsize diamond on her fingers, Ms. Tina is clearly in her element. A social media-worthy selfie before social media’s inception, the image shows precisely where Beyoncé and Solange get their glamorous poise.
Despite looking phenomenal, Knowles admits that her daughters hated when she wore her feline finery. “I still love leopard [but] my girls used to hate it!” she wrote in a caption. “That’s why I loved Cookie Lyons so much! Yes, I was Cookie Lyons before there was a Cookie Lyons with my animal prints.” Empire’s gleefully over-the-top matriarch has been a fashion influence for many, and it’s easy to imagine Knowles pulling off one of Taraji P. Henson’s designer costumes. Still, Knowles’s take on the I just want to drink coffee and bake things vintage shirt it is in the first place but trend pre-dates the character by two decades, so she was ahead of the curve.