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PHOTOS: Tina Knowles Lawson Shuts It Down On The Cover EBONY Magazine

Tina Knowles Lawson is putting women half her age to shame with her sexy new cover of EBONY. Inside the July issue, the newlywed who married long time friend and actor Richard Lawson gives insight on her typically private life.

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The 61-year-old wants the world to know she’s more than just the mother of Beyonce and Solange.

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In addition to doing Pilates five days a week to keep her waist tight, she revealed she’s an avid art historian who spends a majority of her time working with charities that help the homeless.

Tina Knowles Lawson (EBONY)

The last of seven children, Tina rose from poverty and left home at age 18 to work as a professional makeup artist and hair dresser. By 34, she was the owner of one of the most successful hair salons in Houston, TX.

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The gorgeous grandmother of Blue Ivy and Julez is taking no days off. She’s currently in pre-production for her own TV series where she will help other women learn to get their groove back.

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Solange shared a snapshot of her mom’s smoldering cover and quoted her on Instagram.

“Mom Crush Monday. Speaking that real, and looking phenomenal whilst doing so! “When I was asked to do the Sexy Forever Ebony Magazine cover, my first question was, Me Really? I had some reservations but as I thought of all the women who tell me daily that I have inspired them to live a wholehearted life, which includes your sexuality. I am proud to be 61 years old and to not be putting limitations on my lifestyle. We can still be sexy and vibrant , fashionable, classy and fly until the day we die! ”

I meeaaaaaannnn.,” she posted.

Peep an excerpt from the awesome article: 

“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.”

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