Few lovers of fashion are presented the opportunity to work with international icons, but for Celebrity Stylist Ty Hunter, this dream for many, serves as his reality. The Examiner peered into the everyday life of Hunter, a humble yet prominent stylist, who has built a name for himself as Beyonce's premiere stylist, and is expanding his brand- one step at a time.
Walk me through a day in the life for you as Beyonce’s stylist.
- A day in my life ranges depending on what we’re working on. So, I’ll take you on a day in my life on tour. I wake up most morning’s around 8am. Even if I go to bed late, I still wake up at that time. I then go to breakfast with my sister, Raquel Smith (she’s also one of Beyonce’s lead stylists); come back to my room and do some light exercise. My biggest thing is trying to get some rest. Being on tour is very hard on your body. So, getting exercise and eating right is very important. I not only try to focus on that, I also try my best to meditate. I love music, and I use my Gospel music as a means to meditate often. Throughout the day, I’m always checking email and doing phone meetings. It very rarely ever ends.
Did you ever imagine you would be where you are now? What were your plans as a child for your future?
- I was always into fashion growing up. My Mom would always ask me my opinion on what she should wear when I was growing up. I was voted best dressed a lot in middle and high school. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be where I am today. There weren’t a lot of celebrities coming out of Texas growing up.
I was informed that you got your start off of a whim with an encounter with Beyonce’s mom, please expand on this. What were your thoughts at this time, and what made you decide to stick with it?
- I was doing Visual Merchandising at boutiques in Houston, TX, and Miss Tina would come in and shop for the four girl’s of Destiny’s Child. She would always come in asking me for my opinion. The girl’s would all come in by themselves to shop. I met Michelle first, then Kelly and lastly Bey. None of them knew we all knew each other. So, one day Miss Tina told me, “I’m gonna get you out of here.” And two weeks later I was at the Grammy’s, and the rest was history.
When I met you two years ago at New York Fashion Week, you came across as very humble, as if you do not allow yourself to be engulfed by money and fame. How do you remain grounded?
- It just goes to how I was raised. No matter where I live, I am and will always be a Southern boy at heart. Plus, the people I have worked for are very humble.
Do you consider yourself to be an entrepreneur in your own right?
- Of course I do. You know in the hustle and bustle of this business, it is so easy to get caught up in your work, and not realize that you’re a brand in your own right.
Do you have any plans of starting your own line/ business? If so, what industry, and what can we expect?
- I sure am. I’m currently in the works of developing my own accessory line. So, be on the look out for that.
Do you think it is important to maintain various streams of income and revenue open, in today’s economy?
- Hell yeah! Can I say that? I don’t even know, but it is very important. You shouldn’t over extend yourself, but you should definitely be smart about your future.
You always seem so well put together. Do you have your own personal stylist?
- No, I don’t have a personal stylist. I style myself, and the key to my look is not putting a lot of thought into it. I just get up, and throw things together. Plus, I have to wear all black when I’m working.
With your hectic schedule how many hours of sleep do you normally get?
- I try to get at least 6 hours of sleep. Sometimes that’s difficult on the road with traveling and what not, but that’s the minimum. But I try to sneak a nap in there every once and again.
What advice do you have for those looking to get into the fashion industry? When is the best time to start?
- My thing is to really believe in yourself. Do not let your environment keep you from doing what you want to do. I never thought a little boy from Texas would be styling one of the biggest pop groups and stars in the world.
Do you have any noteworthy mentors?
- My mother, my Grandmother, and Miss Tina.
Name 5 of your favorite fashion icons of all time.
- Grace Jones, Diana Ross, Naomi Campbell, Madonna and Cher.
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