Tina Knowles Lawson is a fashion designer who has been featured in a slew of publications including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, L’official, InStyle, and Sports Illustrated. Tina was a designer and stylist for the superstar group, Destiny’s Child, designing original garments for the group’s tours, magazine shoots, and television appearances, including the Video Music Awards (VMAs), BET Awards, and the Grammys. She has also designed for Beyoncé’s tours and television performances, including The Academy Awards.
Tina along with her daughter, Beyoncé, created three very successful clothing lines; House of Deréon, Deréon included shoes, handbags, lingerie, hosiery, a kids’ line, and bedding, and the Miss Tina line, which sold exclusively at Walmart. The line boasted fit and fashion at an affordable price. She has hosted a show on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) and has shown her fashion on top television shows, including Good Morning America, The View, The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Hollywood Access Live, Tyra, and Ellen.
Tina designed costumes for a number of hit movies including Dreamgirls, Pink Panther, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Obsessed, and Cadillac Records.
Passionate about her philanthropic endeavors, Tina, her family, and Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, along with St. John’s Church, have built and established a center for young people known as The Knowles-Rowland Center for Youth located in Houston, Texas. In addition, the Knowles family established The Survivor Foundation in 2005 and co-sponsored the building of a transitional living center for individuals in need of temporary shelter and housing in Houston, Texas named Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments. In 2010, Tina partnered with Beyoncé to create the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at Phoenix House in Brooklyn, New York as a resource to empower women while providing them the life skills that would give them hope and a means of support after leaving the center.
She has received many awards including the prestigious Ace Awards, the International Global Leadership Award, and the Golden Hanger Award. In 2011, Tina was honored by the University of Houston as part of their Living Archive Series and in 2014 by the Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation (TWEF), in both instances, for her philanthropic work and achievements in business.
A natural teacher and adviser, she makes time to speak regularly at schools and mentors young women. She was one of the faces of Miss A Meal, a program founded by Rudy and Juanita Rasmus to eradicate poverty in the Houston area. She has appeared in public announcements for Goodwill and supports their efforts to employ and empower people in need.
The author of Destiny’s Style, her 2002 book from Harper Collins, she is currently working on her second book. With her husband, actor Richard Lawson, she has opened the WACO Theater Center in Los Angeles.