The Man Behind Beyonce and Kim Kardashian’s Style
It’s rare for an artist to stay low-key. You’d think after working with A-list stars like Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian, stylist Jenke Admed Tailly would want to brag about his work from rooftops.
But that’s not his thing.
“I like to do my work quietly,” Tailly told Elle. “I don’t really like to put myself up front. I only just joined Instagram recently.”
He’s an old school artist’s artist who lets his work do the talking. After going to school for marketing and working retail jobs at Barney’s and Chanel, the Cote d’Ivorian and Sengalese fashion lover transitioned into modeling and finally into working as a fashion editor and stylist. His big break came when he was asked to style L’Officiel Paris’ 90th Anniversary issue starring Beyoncé.
“I told them I wanted to put a Black girl on the cover,” he said. “After 90 years, they only had two Black girls on the cover, and I said I would really like the future to be more diverse. We were thinking Halle Berry or Beyoncé. And I said, maybe I can get Beyoncé to do it because I am really good friends with her husband’s lawyer.”
And it worked! “I sent my idea to Bey and she loved it,” reveals Tailly.
After the shoot was a success, Yoncé scooped him up as her creative director and the two collaborated for three more years, including on her fourth album 4.
He now regularly styles Kardashian and Kanye West. “I started working with her after I met her and realized she is such a lovely person,” he said about the reality star. According to Tailly, ‘Ye doesn’t have as much influence on what Kim wears as we think.
“People think he dictates what she wears, but that’s not the case. I think the person she loves to please first is her husband. So his opinion does matter—he might suggest something or give us an opinion about something we’re not sure about—but she knows what she likes.”