Teyana Taylor, whom Maxim just recently called the “sexiest lady alive,” topped the publication’s 2021 “Hot 100” list, becoming the very first Black lady to do so.
The vocalist, star and dancer celebrated the honor on Instagram on Monday, composing, “Somebody pinch me!!!!”
” WOW … Stepping back in front of the lens has actually been a journey of self-reflection and confidence,” she composed in the post’s caption. “Measuring up to [the] name and title of this shoot totally made me nervous.”
Taylor, who shares 2 children with her partner, expert basketball gamer Iman Shumpert, later on kept in mind in the post that her busy way of life frequently robs her of time to “feel sexy.”
She said she got to the image shoot after dropping her 5-year-old daughter, Junie, off at school, which the sweatpants and beanie she had actually been wearing had made appearances in the shoot.
” Accept and love yourselves for who [and] what you are since only the purest heart shines through,” she later on included.
Maxim revealed Taylor as its “Hot 100” cover star on Monday, celebrating her as a “elegant choreographer-dancer, actor-director and leading ten recording star.” She is the first Black lady to land the No. 1 spot on the list, according to an archive of the publication’s past honorees dating back to 2000.
Current honorees include Olivia Culpo in 2019, Kate Upton in 2018 and Hailey Baldwin in2017
When Lindsay Lohan topped the list in 2007, the magazine told The Associated Press that its rankings, determined by Maxim editors, thought about buzz and charm for women in film, TV, music, sports and style.
” There is no other star worldwide (who) triggers more of a stir in the public eye than Lindsay,” then-Maxim editor-in-chief Jimmy Jellinek stated at the time.
In 2018, the magazine said its list celebrated more than physical charm and also honored females who are “multi-hyphenates, business owners and risk-takers.”
” Now more than ever, we need to celebrate clever, effective women who are breaking borders (and looking damn excellent doing it),” its declaration read.
Individuals on social networks today wondered why a Black female hadn’t topped the list before.
Jemele Hill, contributing writer for the Atlantic, called that truth “worthless” — and other Twitter users shared comparable sentiments:
I had the same response. Great for Teyana Taylor, however that is a horrible try to find Maxim. Worthless. https://t.co/l85 qyKy3xg
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 8, 2021
funny, i didn’t even understand Maxim still existed. obviously, they didn’t know Black women did either.
— Rodney Carmichael (@rodneyology) June 8, 2021
I’m grateful that @MaximMag lastly caught up with the remainder of the world cause Black females been gorgeous for a long time. https://t.co/IbWKXroxd7
— Gyasi Ross (@BigIndianGyasi) June 8, 2021
Taylor told Maxim in her cover story that she had actually long visualized herself as a cover star for the publication.
” I’ve followed Maxim for a long time and I have actually constantly felt like I should be on the cover,” she stated. “So to actually get the call saying they desire me on the cover really meant a lot.
Taylor recently appeared in “Coming 2 America,” the 2021 follow up to the original 1988 traditional “Pertaining to America,” starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones and Shari Headley.
The singer, who launched her newest album, entitled “The Album,” in 2015, has a variety of projects in the works.
Taylor and Shumpert, who welcomed their second child Rue Rose in September, will appear in an upcoming E! reality series about their lives titled “We Got Love Teyana & Iman.”
She likewise told Maxim that she’s dealing with developing a series about music legend Dionne Warwick.
” I want to ensure she authorizes whatever and is comfy with everything prior to we move on,” she said of the “Stroll on By” vocalist. “That was the most important thing for me, to really learn one another and know what it is that she desires, and ensure her story is coming from her own mouth, rather than bringing individuals in to alter her narrative.”
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