This Affirmation From Beyoncé's Mom Helped Ty Hunter Go From A Retail Job To Career Success
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This Affirmation From Beyoncé's Mom Helped Ty Hunter Go From A Retail Job To Career Success

Ty Hunter is a renowned stylist that is widely known for styling Destiny’s Child, then, Beyoncé once she went solo.

In his book “Makeover From Within: Lessons in Hardship, Acceptance, and Self-Discovery,” he shared how his epic breakthrough came to be.

Hunter’s path to styling celebrities first started during his youth helping his mother with fashion tips and discovering his own style, according to Insider. 

“I’m really blessed that my mom and family members allowed me to be myself,” Hunter said, according to the outlet.

At the age of 15, he began styling his cousins’ and friends’ looks.

Fast forward to age 20 and a tragedy ended up leading to Hunter’s destiny. After surviving a shooting incident, he left working at a heart-valve company to move to Houston, TX.

While back in his city, he secured a boutique job at the Galleria, where he met Tina Knowles and Destiny’s Child members, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

From there, he built a bond by styling the girls in the store.

The strength of the bond revealed itself when he left the boutique to work at Bebe, where he met Beyoncé. It was also the day that Ms. Tina told him, “I’m going to get you out of here one day.”

Being that she was Destiny’s Child’s costume designer, Hunter eventually reached out to her to see if she needed a helping hand.

And the rest is history.

Hunter went from dressing mannequins to working on the superstar trio’s music videos and performances. 

“This game can be real tricky. You could take off sick, send an intern, and they’ll hire your intern,” Hunter said, according to the outlet. “I had different celebrities trying to snatch me, too. But there was loyalty and a family bond that could not be broken.”

Once Beyoncé went on her own way, he ended up styling her for 18 years. A few memorable looks he’s been behind are the “Check On It” music video, the 2011 VMAs red carpet (before her iconic pregnancy reveal), and the 2015 Met Gala.

Now, Hunter is the head stylist for Billy Porter.

Although Hunter has found great success in his styling career, he knows that it’s the conduit for the bigger picture of his life.

“My purpose is not fashion. My purpose is making people feel better, uplifting them, and inspiring them. That’s what gets me going day to day.”