Tyler Hunter: Beyoncé’s Stylist Explains His Decision to Quit His Career After Working For over 18 Years

 

Tyler Hunter, a celebrity fashion stylist best known for styling some of Beyoncé’s most memorable looks, has opted to leave his almost 18-year job to pursue personal aspirations.

After making the daring decision, the 50-year-old wrote the book “Makeover from Within: Lessons in Hardship, Acceptance, and Self-Discovery.” Hunter told The Grio that his daughter’s 21st birthday served as a wake-up call. He immediately realized how many family moments he had missed since he had been so focused on his profession.

He added “Even though I had the dream job that everybody wanted, I also wanted to just do other things. So, I just stepped out in faith, and I’m glad I did because I learned so much more about myself.”

Hunter’s meteoric rise began in the late 1990s, according to Insider. He met Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles, while working at a clothes shop in a Texas mall. She recognized his talent and offered to provide him more possibilities.

True to her word, Beyoncé hired him to work on Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” music video, and he has since climbed the ladder to success and renown.

In an interview with Insider, the 50-year-old revealed that his fascination with fashion began at an early age. His mother had him when she was 19, and when she went out with her friends a few years later, she would ask his advice on what shoes to wear and what clothes to pair.

He went on to explain how his family appreciated his unique fashion talents, recounting stories of how he went thrift shopping and dressed the thrift garments so effectively that people didn’t notice he was wearing second-hand clothes. They loved his flair while mocking others.

After leaving Beyoncé, the stylist now works as a head stylist and creative director for Porter and other celebrities.He informed Adage that while working for Beyonce in 2012, he got the opportunity to participate in a fundraiser for Barack Obama.

He’d met the president a few times before, but he was astonished when Obama asked him and his wife, Raquel Smith, over for a photo with him despite the fact that they were only there to dress Beyonce.

He disclosed that the president commended them for their great job and asked him “Where do you go from here?” According to him, that question pricked his thought.

From there, he went on a three-month vacation to reassess what he really wanted to do. He tried many things, even dipping his toe in the tech world, as well as trying some clothing collaborations.

He recalled that it was at this point that he understood he had to divert and start a path for himself. “Leaving my job as Beyoncé’s stylist was one of the hardest things I had to do. Not only was I leaving a steady paycheck behind, I was leaving a familiar loving family,” he said.

He shared that it wasn’t easy, as he had to deal with depression; however, he had loved ones around to help him get better.

His father and mother were both later diagnosed with prostate cancer and breast cancer. Although Hunter wasn’t close to his dad, he still took time to be with him till he passed away.

He mentioned that his biggest makeover was learning to put himself first, and added that giving too much of ourselves to anything is a risk. He said “Don’t get too comfortable. Anything can happen. You always need a backup plan.”