When Beyoncé walked the red carpet at the Met Gala last week, it might have seemed like she walked alone, but that wasn’t actually the case. She had her forever stylist, Ty Hunter, right next to her, to fluff, straighten, and beautify her Givenchy dress at every necessary moment.
Hunter’s steady presence at Beyoncé’s side has turned him into a minor celebrity in his own right, which he laughed about in an interview with Cosmopolitan.com today at Lane Bryant’s fashion show to launch its collection with Christian Siriano.
“You know, I’m just doing my job,” he said, laughing. “I think it’s crazy because I believe in following my job all the way through. A lot of stylists, makeup artists, and hair people are like, ‘Once I finish, I’m done.’ I don’t want those nip slips. I don’t believe a woman should walk on a carpet with a long train by herself. These pictures last forever and I believe everything should be picture-perfect.”
Hunter has worked with Beyoncé for so long that at this point, they’re like “brother and sister,” he said, and she trusts him with her red carpet life. Hunter learned this the hard way, when, last year, Beyoncé attended an event for Tidal without him. Her assistant was adjusting Beyoncé’s dress when Beyoncé was filmed saying, “Stop it,” sternly through her teeth. The moment went viral.
“I dressed her that night but the carpet was supposed to be closed, so I ended up going to the Balmain H&M event,” Hunter explained. Then, last minute, the carpet opened for photos and Beyoncé had to pose, which is when her assistant had to step in as a substitute stylist. “It was a mess, but anyways…” Hunter said, drifting off and laughing.
But it was a good lesson. Now, Hunter knows he just “needs to [be there] all the time” to make sure that no hair on Beyoncé’s head is ever out of place.