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.
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.
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.
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.
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.