Making waves in the fashion industry as a Black stylist is no easy feat, but the iconic Ty Hunter does it with grace! Entrepreneur and stylist to the stars including Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland
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From editorials to red carpet looks and even partnering with Korean designer Youn Hee Park for capsule collection Greedilous, Ty has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in fashion.
We caught up with the style extraordinaire to chat it up about fashion trends, advice for aspiring stylists and where he finds inspiration.
Hype Hair: What advice would you give to aspiring stylists?
Ty Hunter: You just have to motivate yourself, even when you’re feeling down. Keep pushing and believe in your dream. There’s going to be dark times, but you have to know that this path is for you. Take time to be alone. Have your journal, take a vacation by yourself, even if it’s a staycation and just learn to be alone. Take your sketchbook and find yourself. Come up with a plan and learn the backend of fashion. Every day, even if you’re working a 9-5, take at least an hour a day and work towards your dream or passion.
HH: What are some trends you would like fashionistas to incorporate in their closets?
TH: Honestly, I would like for people to get away from trends. Find what works for you. Get to the point where you love yourself enough and build your confidence. Don’t worry about what anyone has to say. That’s the problem with especially social media today. We have moments when we’re saying “I wish I could’ve, would’ve, should’ve. Why did she get that and I didn’t get that.”
You have to learn to take social media breaks and find yourself. Like I said, learn to be alone and build up your confidence. We’re not born with clothes on so your skin is your number one outfit. Until you get right in that number one outfit, you’ll never be right.
HH: Where do you find your inspiration?
TH: Life! Just to wake up another day. I’m inspired to get another day and motivate people to not make the same mistakes and turns that I did. I had to figure some of this stuff out on my own. I’ll be like, “Don’t go left, I went left. Try right.” It might work for you.
HH: What are some new projects you have in the works?
TH: I have a book that I’m working on and a few other things that I can’t talk about. However, I can say that it’s going to be a great year!