(Photo: Ebony Magazine, July 2015)
Just when we thought her recent nuptials to Robert Lawson were everything, Tina Knowles goes and schools us (once again!), setting the newsstands ablaze as Ebony’s July cover girl.
Front and center for the magazine’s #SexyForever Issue, Miss Tina captivates in a plunging red gown, styled with gold jewelry and a magnificent gold crown perched atop a flurry of shiny, bouncy curls. At 61 years young, Knowles Lawson is playing no games!
Over the years, she’s remained mum about the personal lives of her famous family, but now she’s opening up about the “unadulterated truth” concerning daughters Beyoncé and Solange, their family dynamic and how she survived a difficult divorce from Mathew Knowles in 2011.
Peep an excerpt from the cover story, below:
“Her speech, still Texas twangy when it wants to be, is peppered with youthful colloquialisms and the more-than-occasional curse word. After 31 years of marriage and reports of her first husband’s infidelity, she privately divorced former Destiny’s Child manager Mathew Knowles in 2011. (After which, she says son-in-law Jay Z initially wanted her to date younger men.) Now emotionally resurrected, thanks in large part to the unwavering support of her girls, she is whole. Proof? Fabulous images from her wedding to the stately veteran television and film actor Richard Lawson stormed the Internet in the spring. By all measures, she is dangerously in love.
“But Knowles Lawson also matter-of-factly shares that she is not — and has never been — a kept woman. She’s on no one’s payroll, thank you, and she wants it that way. Beyoncé certainly doesn’t pay her, at least not in cash. The breathtakingly gorgeous grandmother does Pilates five days a week and has a ravishing body (not for her age, but period; see exclusive EBONY photographs); is in talks for a TV show about “getting your groove back;” does a daily morning prayer; works with charities to support the homeless; and is a self-taught, avid Black art collector and historian (who owns originals from greats such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and John Biggers). But this is all her new life. In her old one, crafted out of poverty, she made sandwiches and dresses to sell to classmates, rode motorcycles without a helmet, became a professional makeup artist at 19, and always did — as in did everyone’s hair. Sure, she’s what magazines call “sexy at any age” because of that tight waist, but arguably, it’s as much due to her natural-born artisan and rebel soul.”
Needless to say, we’re hooked and we can’t wait to see the rest of the tea she’s serving! Get the full story in the July issue of Ebony.
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