Proud to be: Ty Young, discussing the WNBA, being in Love + more!
We caught up with former WNBA Player, Ty Young, on her fulfilled 12-year career and what’s next. Ty celebrates Pride month with us as our latest cover star, a leading figure in a men’s driven industry. She’s breaking barriers while being unapologetically her. Head over to our Instagram for an exclusive BTS of our Cover shoot.
TELL US HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE PLAYING IN WNBA FOR 12+ YEARS
My experience in the WNBA for 12 years was a Blessing. While In college I set a goal for myself to play at least 10 years. By playing 12 years I exceeded the goal I had for myself. There were ups and downs because I wanted so much more for myself as a player, but as I matured I realized that each practice, each game, and each opportunity to play the game I love was a Blessing. Few get the opportunity to make a living doing what they love and I was able to do that in a big way. I felt like I could have played at least 15 years, but God had another plan for me.
GROWING UP WHAT BASKETBALL LEGEND MADE YOU WANT TO PICK UP THE BALL
Growing up watching my brother play basketball motivated and influenced me into being a basketball player myself. As a kid I admired basketball legends such as Teresa Weatherspoon and Michael Jordan
TELL US ABOUT YOUR COMING OUT STORY
I never had a coming out story, I’ve always been a private person. When it came to my relationships whether I was dating guys and eventually women my private life was just that private. Once I decided to do reality television, my life became public.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A PARTNER
In looking for a partner the qualities that are most important are God-fearing, a high moral compass, inner and outer beauty, family-oriented, hardworking, tidiness/cleanliness, style, confidence, intelligence, and loyalty.
WHAT PRO NOUNS DO YOU PREFER
YOUR SKIN IS AMAZING WHAT IS YOUR SKIN CARE BEAUTY ROUTINE
Thank You, but my skin is a constant work in progress. I use Derm 7 by Erica. Ultimate clear anti-bacteria facial wash, Oil and Acne control facial toner, and Acne Clarifying Moisturizer. I use the acne clarifying cream when a new pimple appears. Drinking plenty of water is essential to my skin care routine along with getting hydro facials at Aesthetics of Atlanta and Wellness by Jamesa at least once a month.
WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE SCENT
TELL US ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU
People would be surprised by the fact I don’t like talking a lot (laughs) People assume that I’m an extrovert, but I’m really an introvert.
ONE BOOK YOU THINK ALL WOMEN SHOULD READ
A New Earth Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle.
YOU HAVE HAD VERY PUBLIC RELATIONSHIPS HOW DID THAT EFFECT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
That is an interesting question and what I’ve realized is that my relationships being public did not effect my mental health. What did affect my mental health at times were the inaccurate assumptions and opinions that people had about my relationship.
TELL US ABOUT THE NBA COACHING PROGRAM
The NBA coaching program has been a tremendous experience and asset for me. Learning different tools like scouting, breaking down film, and getting real time coaching experience. The knowledge that I received and the lessons I’ve learned has helped me develop an even bigger passion for coaching.
DRAFT KINGS WHO YOU BETTING ON THIS YEAR IN NBA
If I were a betting woman I would say the Suns or the Lakers, but since they’re both out of the playoff race I am going with the Heat.
WHAT SONG REPRESENTS SUMMER 2023 TO YOU
Act Bad by Diddy, City Girls, and Fabolous.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON REALITY TV
My thoughts on Reality TV is that it is a gift and a curse, but more importantly it’s how you use it. Branding is such a big part of building careers nowadays so it’s necessary to use your platform to build your brand properly. The foundation of my brand is staying true to myself. In reality tv there is a lot of editing therefore if you are staying true to yourself, your morals ,and your beliefs, it is difficult to misrepresent the truth.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU
What’s current for me is that I’m writing a book, modeling and coaching.
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Photographer: Tyler Kennedy @tylerpatrickkenny
Wardrobe Stylist: Marty Mc’Fresh @marty_taught_u
Creative Director: Tyler Kennedy / Marty Mc’Fresh
Hair Stylist: Megan Mincey @megmincey
Make-up artist: Jade Tankard @glam.modesty
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Lighting: Tiffany Moore @gofortiffany
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