Tyler Huan, 3
Born in: Penang, Malaysia
Young Parents talks to his mum, Haze, 33.
It all started with the first brand rep search. I entered Tyler for Babiators’ search (@babiators) when he was about one year old. We were lucky to be selected. Since then, we’ve gained more followers and our photos were reposted by fashion brands on Instagram. We continue to join many brand rep searches.
Tyler is my boss. I am a stay-at-home mum. I “work” for my little boss 24/7 and enjoy every single moment with him. I’ve never been in the media or fashion industry.
Most of his clothes are from brands that I discovered on Instagram. I get endless inspiration on how to style Tyler from Instagram, where I have also stumbled upon some of the coolest small shops selling unique kids’ outfits.
Some of the first few brands that I discovered were Whistle and Flute (@whistleandflute), Ledgers Legs (@ledgerslegs), Rags to Raches (@rags_to_raches), Beau Loves (@beaulovesuk), Trilogy Design Co (@trilogydesignco) and Hello Apparel (@helloapparel).
I’m addicted to dressing up my boy. Sometimes, I will stay awake till midnight or set alarms for new arrivals because of the time difference between Malaysia and the US. I have to, because some designs from famous brands sell like hot cakes!
I spend a lot on shoes. I just can’t resist cute and stylish sneakers. The most expensive was a pair of Timberland 6-inch premium waterproof boots that cost $199.
He was born with thick, full hair. I didn’t even shave his head when he turned one month old (this traditional Chinese practice is said to help hair grow thicker and healthier).
I’ve always had this swag hairstyle for Tyler in mind. One day, I asked the stylist to shave the sides and do a layered cut. I pay for his haircuts, but I do have a sponsor for hair wax, Nomad Kid. The wax is 100 per cent natural and vegan.
I get brickbats for his bad boy rocker look. I remember that someone criticised me, asking what kind of mother I was to ask my (then) two-year-old to work for me.
Some even say that I don’t give Tyler a childhood, and that he is not a doll. My relatives, too, nagged and made nasty comments when I dressed Tyler in black.
I do feel sad about all this, but I have my mummy friends who support me and understand what is really going on. I don’t reply to nasty comments or answer their questions. I will delete these and block the users’ accounts.
He enjoys dressing up. To him, dressing up means going for outings because that’s what we do most of the time after taking pictures.
We photograph two to three times a week, each for about 10 minutes or less. Sometimes, we do two outfit changes each session if he is in a good mood. The tantrums of the “terrible twos” do happen.
Natural light is best for photo taking. You also have to be fast, shoot non-stop, and then choose the best pictures later. I use an old Canon E05 50D with 50mm f/1.8 lens. Sometimes, I snap with my iPhone 6, as well.
I have lost count of brands that he has represented. The list is too long, but I will share a few brands: Ryder Rayne Kids (@ryder_raynekids), Rustic Pickle (@rusticpickle_), Haus of Hendrix (@hausofhendrix) and Oovy (@oovykids). I don’t charge for posting on our Instagram account; mostly, we receive the goods.
He loves fury animals. We have five Yorkshire terriers and a Miniature Schnauzer.
Tyler loves food, too, especially Japanese dishes like udon and sushi. I’m thankful that he is not a fussy eater. He takes a lot of veggies and fruits.
He gets recognised in public. People come up and ask if he is @tylerhuan. They’d tell us how cool and stylish he is, and that they are his fans.
When we’re at restaurants and cafes, Tyler always receives sweet treats, such as a cup of babyccino and a scoop of ice cream.
I’d love to meet… Ryan Secret (@ryansecret). I love his styling and his awesome hairstyle. He is so inspiring, definitely a style icon.
More about Tyler
Date of birth: Oct 23, 2013
Favourite colour: I don’t think he has a favourite colour, but he loves rainbows. He gets excited whenever he sees one.
Favourite toy: Lego Duplo
Favourite activities: Swimming and walking the dogs