11/10/2008 at 01:00 PM EST
's sense of style comes from a source close to home – her mother Tina, who owned a hair salon and taught the young Beyoncé how to dress well and save money.
"She'd get us little jackets and we'd go to an art supply store and we'd get stones and glitter and we'd personalize a lot of our clothes," Beyoncé, 27, said in an interview in the premiere issue of The New York Observer Style
. "She taught me the importance of looking good and feeling good but also that beauty comes from within, because it fades."
Now the singer, who is set to release her new album
Nov. 18, wears vintage Caroline Herrera and collects Chanel jewelry. "I'm an accessories queen. I collect a lot of vintage jewelry. I love it because you know no one else has it. Sometimes I don't even wear it – I just like to look at it."
Behind it all, though, is Tina. Beyoncé said she has looked up to her mother since she was little. "I looked at her like a therapist and a makeover queen – the perfect glamorous smart woman. People would walk in, talk to her and tell her their issues and they'd walk out feeling and looking like a new woman."