The first person to call me TyTy was my Aunt Jackie. I was probably about 3 years old. I can remember Jackie’s warmth, her deep, yet high pitched laugh, her ooey gooey nachos, and her unconditional love. Aunt Jackie wasn’t my mom’s sister, but shoot, she was close enough to be. She was my mama’s BFF. Since they were 15 years old.
I casually referred to myself as TyTy once publicly and people heard it and started calling me that on Instagram and Twitter. I gotta admit that felt soooo good. So I joined them and now after all these years of just being known as Tyra, TyTy is…well, it’s a ‘thing’. Our thing.