Watch: Beyonce on her inspiration

Mum Tina Knowles in the spotlight

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When you’re one of the biggest stars on the planet, an icon to millions, who is your inspiration? For Beyoncé, it’s a simple question - and the answer is her mum.

Beyoncé’s bringing female solidarity into the spotlight as part of her role as artistic director of Chime for Change, Gucci’s new, charitable initiative that calls for the global empowerment of women and children.

‘Her gift is finding the best qualities in every human being,’ says the singer of Tina Knowles - who has famously backed her daughter’s career since her Destiny’s Child days as a teenager - in a video released exclusively online today.

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Beyoncé will be paying that support forward not only in her role as mum to daughter Blue Ivy but as Chime for Change’s co-founder and artistic director by headlining The Sound Of Change Live: an exclusive, one-off concert to be held in London on 1 June to raise money for campaign.

‘Our goal is to call for change for girls and women in the loudest voice possible,’ she says of her involvement. ‘I am excited for us to come together on 1 June to bring the issues of Education, Health and Justice for girls and women to the world stage.’

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She’s in good company: Ellie Goulding, Florence + the Machine, HAIM, Iggy Azalea, John Legend, Laura Pausini, Rita Ora and Timbaland are among the acts confirmed for the gig, with more to follow.

See Beyoncé’s super-sweet revalation about her mum below and get up to speed with the big plans Chime for Change founders Bey, Frida Giannini and Salma Hayek have for the future of women worldwide here. Who do you chime for?

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