Megan Jovon Ruth Pete was born on February 15, 1995 in Bexar County, Texas, and raised in the neighborhood South Park in Houston. Her mother, Holly Thomas, rapped under the name Holly-Wood and would bring her daughter with her to recording sessions, instead of putting Pete in daycare. Pete and her mother eventually moved to Pearland, Texas, a suburb of Houston when she was 14 and lived there until she was 18.
Pete began writing her own raps at age 16. When she revealed to her mother that she wanted to rap, Holly required that Megan wait until she was 21 to pursue rapping as a career. Her mother, although impressed by her daughter’s rapping skills, commented that her lyrics were too suggestive for her young age. Pete graduated from Pearland High School in 2013.
In 2013, a clip of Megan Pete (now “Megan Thee Stallion”) went viral, where she was battling against male opponents in a “cypher” while a student at Prairie View A&M University. The viral video helped Pete gain a larger digital presence and following on social media. She has garnered fans by posting her freestyles on her Instagram since college. She refers to her fans as “hotties”, and credits her hyperactive fan base for her early success. She adopted the stage name Megan Thee Stallion because she was referred to as a stallion during adolescence due to her height (5’10”) and beauty.
After taking time off school, she resumed her studies at Texas Southern University in health administration, where she is a third year student as of 2019.
In her songs “Cocky AF” and “Freak Nasty” from her EP Tina Snow, she makes mentions to being part Creole.