There are times when you may struggle to stay strong. Times when you wonder how the outcome will affect your future. And times when you may simply want to give up. But don’t fret: Teaching a non-millennial how to ace social media can honestly change your life. Case in point: Tina Knowles, Beyoncé and Solange Knowles’s 62-year-old mother, also known as the remedy to all of your Instagram woes.
We’ve had an eye on the fabulous businesswoman and self-made designer long before lemonade flowed and droves of fans lined up in formation—since the days of Destiny’s Child’s reign when her custom House of Deréon red carpet gowns made the trio shine.
But as of late Tina (what we think we’d call her IRL) has pushed past the backstage doors and stepped into the spotlight thanks to—wait for it—Instagram.
Her presence on the social media app has taught us an important lesson. While we thought the Knowles siblings were the funniest, boldest, most I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T women on the platform they, quite frankly, get it from their mama.
How so? Just like our very own parents, grandparents, and relatives who weren’t born with a battalion of emojis at their fingertips, Tina doesn’t have the most polished of Instagram games. There are selfies confidently taken at angles we’d never let see the light of day. There are self-described “corny” jokes that range in topic from vasectomies (because why not, right?) to Spike, her and husband Richard Lawson’s bike-riding dog.
Many clips begin with a startling, “Hi!” that feels like the highlight reel of a Lester Holt news segment and each prove that whether we choose to believe it or not, baby boomers might actually be the funniest to follow on Instagram. We have Tina to thank for a myriad of at-home Beyoncé and Solange footage that we imagine they’ve begged her to take down. And we have to praise Tina for her conquering of the app, between slaying with selfies, sharing plenty of #fitspo, and, of course, the beloved throwback.
So why do we love to follow @MsTinaLawson so much? Because as she once hilariously wrote, “I’m a 62-year-old mom on Instagram, so I get a pass.”
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Below, 12 highlights that prove that Beyoncé and Solange’s mom on Instagram is basically all of our moms on Instagram.
1. She never fails to embarrass Beyonce.
The 35-year-old Lemonade singer keeps a tight lid on her personal life, but that’s all out the door when Tina has access to a mobile device. Ms. Lawson often shares paragraph-long captions alongside images of her eldest daughter that remind us that all moms love to brag about their children. She has even gone as far as adopting their style. Yep, she recreated Bey’s “Formation” music video look.
One last photo!! No you didn’t change this much wardrobe ! This yellow is spectacular ! What else did you change???
How cute is this ?
This is my rendition of Beyonce’
Salt and Pepa, and I was told by Blue That I was Spinderrella and that she and her mom were Salt and Pepa In other words don’t get it twisted grandma😀Push it
2. Solange will forever be her baby girl.
Solange just released a chart-topping album and Tina was there to champion her youngest daughter. She also recreated Solange’s look from the cover of A Seat at the Table. We’d seriously choose to sit right next to Tina at any dinner party.
Oh my goodness I just found out my Baby has the Number one album in the whole country !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How friggin amazing is that !!!!!! I’m sooooooooooooookoooooooooooo poud of you Solo! I am so happy to see that the world can finally see what I’ve seen since you were three years old. That you were really special that you were ahead of your time and that you walked to the beat of your own drum and that you stuck to it no matter how much shit people talked.. I knew it ! When you walked thru Sharpstown mall with Angie and everybody was laughing because you had on those platform shoes and Japanese prints stockings and mixed prints braids down past your butt😀you didn’t care!
I’m so proud Solanges record thanks to all of you ❤️was number one on I tunes today ! God Is soo good!!❤️. Thankyou to all who purchased it and tweeted or instagramed or facebooked or whatever you did ! God bless you for the support ! My heart is full❤️❤️❤️. Yes I know part of her head is cut off but I can’t fix it I tried but like I always say I’m a mother on Instagram so you got to overlook that! Thats the kind of stuff that we do ha ha. But you get the picture , I can’t let the day pass without celebrating her !
This is my rendition of Solange❤️
3. Is she an art director? Apparently so.
Every so often, Tina will share a colorful image of someone in her inner circle that, to her, is totally “art directed.” Usually, Richard is the subject of these posts as he poses in colored shirts that match nearby furniture. He doesn’t seem to mind.
My baby was feeling very Orange today!!! He kinda matched the decor! So I art directed this photo❤️😀
My baby was feeling very turquoise today , matched the pool ! You know I’m a bootleg art Director😀
I took this one . Why does it look like its art directed . She just spotted it ! She has such a great eye❤️
4. She loves to go to the movie theater.
Plain and simple, there’s nothing better than a night out at the movies. Though sometimes, for Tina, she may forget the name of the flick. The Bookkeeper? She meant The Accountant, but that just makes us love her even more.
At the movies getting ready to see the bookkeeper and eat some popcorn😀 Ha Ha !!!! I mean “The accountant” same thing 😀. Like I always say ” I’m a 62 year old mom on instagram so I get a pass😀😀Thank yal for pulling my coat though❤️
Grooving on a Sunday afternoon Just Saw the movie ” Bad mom ” lord don’t take your kids ! It was funny but very adult content😀
5. Does Tina love expensive fashion? Girl, bye.
The hilarious mom of two does that same thing we all do. She’ll enter a store, peruse for quite some time, and then leave empty handed. She did it at Hermès. And she’ll likely do it again. One of her favorite pieces? This $18 straw hat from T.J. Maxx. Oh, and this caftan.
In the Hermes store pretending to be looking at the shoes.
Now that’s a hat that will protect you from the sun. And hide your face with no makeup on. Or a good disguise. TJ Max 18.00 heyyyy!!!!
I designed and made this Caftan❤️
6. Her trainer, Patrick, keeps her in tip-top shape.
Though sometimes she thinks he’s up to nothing but “trickery.”
My trainer Patrick sent me this photo so I would not eat a taco today 😀 He took it himself at the Houston Concert😀😀
Patrick and his early morning trickery ! Always saying 20 and trying to sneak in 10 more ! He ain’t slick😀and these ankle weights are no joke!
I hate Patrick during my workout but love him again as soon as it’s over❤️
7. YAS, KWEEN. Her videos are so random, so perfect.
They often begin with a welcoming “Hi! and then move on for a discussion of X,Y, and Z. Sometimes she’ll carve pumpkins and then hang out with all of her pumpkin friends. Goals?
Yas Queen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kaleb did it again He carved this one and said “You don’t know nothin bout that Miss Tina”
Get your costume together hunny!❤️me and Kaleb having fun!
We are in Dubai !!! @mrrichardlawson
8. Corny jokes keep her going.
Wait, what? We’re still wrapping our head around some of these, but c’mon, these are ones you’d tag a friend in.
Seriously !!!corny joke of the day😀. ❤️come on guys does a dog ride a bike?😀❤️
Corny joke of the day!❤️. Come on guys Important/impotent get it?😀
Corny joke of the day😄❤️
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9. Her dancing skills make us wish she could be the fourth member of Destiny’s Child.
My last concert for this tour in New Orleans😩❤️talking bout that H-Town it’s goin down! Coming down dripping candy on the ground😀❤️
My friend @melbafarq just sent this to me from Angie’s party.@angiebeyince❤️
Dancing in very high heels, it’s limiting😔
10. And she enjoys the finer things in life.
Pralines in New Orleans? Yes, please. A trip to the South of France? Oui, oui! A larger-than-life cocktail on the streets of a major city? Duh.
11. For Tina, there’s no such thing as wasting a “good face of makeup.”
Why would you?
Please go out and vote it’s soo important! And more importantly !!!NEVER waste a good face of makeup😀😀
Happy Monday guys ❤️on my way to work and it’s going to be a great day!
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12. She’s all of our moms in one.
Finally, she’s arguably the most daring 62-year-old ever. Think she’s afraid to dive deep into the ocean from a stories-high yacht? It’s Tina, people.
This is my first jump from the second story . Which gave me the courage to go up higher.
I took a leap of faith , by jumping off the highest third story , on a boat into the ocean . (Next post)
Taking my Leap of faith! It’s a little scary😅