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.