Leave it to Teyana Taylor’s signature ripped body to land her on the cover of Maxim as the first Black Sexiest Woman Alive.
The Coming 2 America actress became a trending topic on Monday after the news spread on her landmark magazine cover. The singer/director/actress treats the July/August song after topping Maxim’the hot 100 list, Essence reports.
“I’ve been following Maxim for a long time and I’ve always felt like I should be on the cover,” Taylor said. “So to really get the call that they want me on the cover really means a lot. I was like, what? Do they want me on the cover? Okay!”
The jack of all trades works hard as a music artist, dancer, entrepreneur, wife and mother of two daughters, 5-year-old Junie and her daughter Rue Rose. She also lends her skills to fashion brand Pretty Little Thing as a creative director and takes pride in her work as a music video director.
“Honestly, directing is one of the best things I’ve ever done, and one of my favorite things in my career that I do because I’ve always had that eye,” she said.
She gained worldwide attention when she starred and choreographed in Kanye West’s 2016 music video for “Fade.” Her husband Iman Shumpert, an NBA player, and daughter Junie were also featured in the video after a striking dance performance by the Harlem resident.
The 30-year-old took to Instagram to express her excitement at her history-making magazine cover.
“As an entrepreneur, wife, busy mother of two and working behind the lens in my director’s bag, I tend to hide behind my sweats and vintage T-shirts, my “Spike Tey” glasses and whatever haircut I have that day “So as you can see I don’t have a lot of time to be and feel sexy. This particular day was dope because it made me see a different side of myself.”