Who is Blue Ivy Carter’s Stylist, Manuel Mendez?
Beyoncé and her family are known for staying private, but every so often, fans are given a peek into her private life, including her three children.
Ever since Blue Ivy was born in 2012, the young Carter has been capturing the attention of the Beyhive and media alike with her fashion, singing skills, and dance moves.
Her stylist, Manuel A. Mendez, recently posted a video of her from last year where she’s dancing to her mother’s song, “Mood 4 Eva.” People loved it, but now fans want to know about Mendez and how he snagged the job of working with Blue Ivy.
Yes, Blue Ivy Carter has a stylist
The cute video went viral and put the spotlight back on Mendez, who’s been Blue Ivy’s stylist for a few years now. You’ve seen the 8-year-old’s red carpet looks over the years and will note that she always receives compliments for both her casual and fancy outfits. That is Mendez at work.
He styled her for the Wearable Art Gala in 2018 as well as the Grammy Awards that same year. Mendez is also behind Blue Ivy’s attire for Jay-Z’s “Family Feud” music video. He’s her personal shopper and stylist, and since he’s gifted with a needle and thread, knows how create custom looks too.
Before handling Blue Ivy’s wardrobe, Mendez was hired in 2009 by Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Lawson, for the singer’s I Am… tour.
According to an interview with BeLatina, he was brought on as a wardrobe assistant and eventually transitioned to being one of Beyoncé’s personal assistants after organizing her closets.
“I did it with so much love and passion that I became her [Beyoncé‘s] personal assistant. Years later, when Blue arrived to this world, I wanted to make sure to take care of both; Therefore I took the initiative of starting to buy her baby clothes like if she was my niece.”
He also helps out with choosing wardrobe pieces for the Carter twins, Rumi and Sir, who will be turning three soon. Mendez noted that the family trusts him to make decisions for the children and he’s grateful for it.
Mendez has a background in fashion
Mendez comes from humble beginnings and learned to sew at a young age, thanks to his mother. He credits his mom and grandmother for teaching him values and to follow his passion. They’re his biggest supporters.
He took classes at the Fashion Institute of New York to hone his skills, and before joining Beyoncé’s team, he worked in merchandising.
As someone who is half Dominican, he likes to spend some of his downtime in the Dominican Republic to recharge and gain new inspiration. But he loves his work and his superstar clients.
When creating looks for Blue Ivy, he sometimes collaborates with designers using his fashion knowledge—both technically and visually. Someday, Mendez would love to start his own fashion line for kids, telling BeLatina:
“It is a project that I’ve been dreaming of and God willing it’s going to happen. In the meantime, I will keep working with my clients and collaborating with brands.”