TY HUNTER: FROM WORKING IN MEDICINE TO STYLING BEYONCÉ

Ty Hunter photographed for The Untitled Magazine by Marko Sovilj

With wildly popular Billboard hits like “Single Ladies,” “Love On Top,” and “Drunk In Love,” there’s always pressure on mega-talent Beyoncé to serve iconic looks matching the success of her music. That’s where stylist Ty Hunter comes in. Read on to meet the mind behind Beyoncé’s best-dressed moments.

Can you tell us about where you grew up and how you got into styling? 
I grew up in Austin, Texas and moved to Houston, Texas where I found interest in styling. Working in the medical field at a company called Carbomedics, I found myself slipping after finding out my good friend was a recipient of the same type of heart valve that I had been developing. That moment hit home for me and impacted my performance negatively. Soon after, I began working in the retail industry. I worked my way to styling in-store for the brands I worked for. I started working with Mrs. Tina Knowles Lawson in 1999 and within a week or two, I was creating looks for the Grammys.

Ty Hunter photographed for The Untitled Magazine by Marko Sovilj
You’re known for working with Beyoncé. How long have you two been collaborating and how did that come about? 
It’s [been] 18 years and counting! It started with Destiny’s Child and grew to each girl’s solo project. I continued as Beyoncé’s stylist after assisting Ms. Tina for many years.
Ty Hunter photographed for The Untitled Magazine by Marko Sovilj

What have been your most historic moments working with Beyoncé? 
[The music video for] “Crazy In Love!” It was the beginning for me and a very high fashion moment. The white tank top, jean short and red pump became iconic.

Ty Hunter photographed for The Untitled Magazine by Marko Sovilj

Can you name some other celebrities whose style you admire? 
Diana Ross is the reason I started styling! I also admire Naomi Campbell’s style.

How would you define your personal style?
I don’t take fashion too seriously. I like to play with patterns, prints and colors.

Ty Hunter photographed for The Untitled Magazine by Marko Sovilj

What up-and-coming designers are on your radar right now? 
I’ve recently worn some pieces by Dope Tavio; his work is definitely dope! [And] a young designer I’ve seen in Alabama named Splashed by DKG.

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