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There were a lot of people who counted Teyana Taylor out before mainstream media began toting her as an “overnight sensation.” Having known the singer and dancer since her days on MTV’s Sweet 16, many felt like her big break was never going to come, considering she’d been signed to G.O.O.D music since 2012 with only mild buzz. And, admittedly, we even questioned whether becoming a mother was going to slow the 25 year old down just as her talent was beginning to be noticed with the release of VII in 2014. But Teyana Taylor shut all of us up when her appearance in Kanye West’s Fade video became all anyone could talk about after the Video Music Awards this year, proving that neither heartbreak nor haters — or even having a baby — could stop her from having at all. Because she can, as she told Paper magazine in their October 2016 cover story of her.
“I honestly don’t feel like ‘Fade’ would have had the same effect had I just been 21, hot body, single,” Teyana told the mag, explaining “It was more than just dancing in a sports bra and a thong.” And while that aspect of the video is what most viewers focused on (with envy at Teyana’s chiseled body), the work of art, which featured her husband Iman Shumpert and their 9-month-old daughter Junie, also made a statement about being a woman without limits.
“You can be superwoman,” Teyana proclaimed. “You can have it all, that balance in your relationship, your family and your career. It’s the opposite of the cliché that says kids will slow you or your career down.
“Being signed to his label for four years, and Kanye being like a big brother to me, he’s seen everything that I’ve been through. He was like, ‘It’s so dope because y’all so young and y’all fresh, but then y’all got the baby and the championship. I think that gave him the idea of wanting to see us all in the video together.”
There were likely some who didn’t want to see the happy family together though — the naysayers who doubted Teyana would ever amount to anything musically. “People would get up on me, like, ‘You’ve been doing it for seven years now, you might as well give up.'” Thankfully, despite a “very public and humiliating and embarrassing heartbreak and breakup” with basketball player Brandon Jennings and a public feud with Rihanna which cost her a sneaker deal, Teyana kept on going.
“All you can do is keep shining,” she said. “You can’t say something and think my legs are going to stop, my voice is going to stop, my hunger is going to stop. I’ll be hurt for five minutes, but I’m going to keep going hard.”
Now that the steam has settled over Teyana Taylor’s sexy appearance in Kanye West’s “Fade” video, the singer has finally released her hotly-anticipated Reebok Question “Red October” kicks.
Released just yesterday (Oct. 7. ), sneaker heads can look forward to a tonal red colorway accented with premium snakeskin and icy soles on the bottom.
Thankfully, unlike some releases, Taylor’s sneaker won’t be terribly limited with a number of retailers putting the shoes up on their webstores. In particular, Villa will be among the spots stocking these shoes for $160.
2016 has been quite good to Teyana Taylor thanks to her steamy choreography and toned physique she flaunted in Kanye West’s video for “Fade.” An instant hit, racking up 31 million views on YouTube, everyone was mesmerized by the singer, rapper and dancers moves.
More than just a Flashdance re-up, Taylor’s isolated movements were powerful, so much so that the ladies over at Allure wanted to get in on the action. I mean, honestly, who wouldn’t want to pick up a few tips and tricks from Taylor that could totally be a hit in the bedroom?
Press play and watch Teyana Taylor breakdown her “Fade” dance moves.
What’s up, what’s up!
Well, since some of us appreciate a little straight talk I’m bringing Tarik back to answer the question…
In mainstream America, Teyana Taylor’s seemingly overnight popularity has stunned the internet, thanks to her starring as the lead dancer for Kanye West’s latest video, Fade. Taylor’s washboard, post-baby abs and wet and wavy bob, paired with her fierce attitude inspired many women to get fit and to have hella fun while doing so. And that’s why everyone wants to talk to the talented 25 year old, including Wendy Williams.
Today Teyana appeared on the gossip queen’s show revealed that she and her NBA-player/Boyfriend/Baby Daddy Iman Shumpert are indeed married and the receipts were shown with her gorgeous, “untreated” ruby wedding ring.
In the interview, Wendy begins with, “Do I call you Mrs. Shumpert because I think that you’re secretly married?”
Teyana responded with a coy, “I mean, you can do whatever you want, you know. You Wendy.”
Wendy: “But are you married?”
Teyana: “Maybe. Maybe not, but maybe.”
Although Teyana initially leaves room for ambiguity over whether or not she’s a Mrs., the truth immediately slips out right after when Wendy reminds the audience of the singer’s soured past relationship. Teyana wholesomely responds by sharing how she overcame her unfortunate circumstances — you know that whole Tae Heckard- Brandon-Jennings betrayal.
“I think most importantly, […]remaining a good person and allowing myself to love again is why I am where I am. I have a beautiful baby and a wonderful husband.” Wendy interrupts with, “HUSBAND! Aowwww!” Talk about an exclusive.
Congrats to Teyana and Iman Shumpert! Keep on slaying mama!
Watch the interview below!
While people spent late last week worrying about whether or not Iman Shumpert cheated on Teyana Taylor (the findings? Shumpert did slip up early in their relationship, they moved past it, and all is well in their world), what went under the radar was a positive turn of events involving Taylor that should have been celebrated. The 25-year-old was able to mend fences with Rihanna, and the proof is in the gift the Bajan bad girl sent Taylor recently:
Taylor shared the gift from Rihanna’s latest Puma collection on Instagram with the lovey-dovey caption, “Thanks for the dope a– gift Ri, I love them!! Gimme kiss!” The caption was followed by the kissing emoji and a heart.
The two used to be friendly when Rihanna dated Chris Brown. However, if you will recall, it was in 2013 that all hell broke loose between both ladies via social media.
It started when Taylor recorded video of herself singing Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture.” Soon after, Rihanna posted a video of a hairstylist from her team wearing a curly wig and basecall cap, poorly singing the same exact song. It was seen as a jab at Taylor, so she responded. Both women ended up taking pretty strong shots at each other, and Rihanna’s friend Melissa Forde even jumped in. But things got really out of hand when Taylor made her Twitter banner an illustration of her fighting Rihanna — and used the leaked police image of the pop star’s face after being attacked by Chris Brown in 2009.
The drama caused Taylor to lose her partnership with Adidas after collaborating on a few very successful sneakers with the brand. As a company rep told us in 2013 via email: “All I can say is that adidas partners with athletes and artists who blend well with our brand values. We evaluate our relationships with partners based on the values we hold at adidas and we don’t condone violence of any kind.”
From there, their beef went pretty quiet. There were even moments where Rihanna defended Taylor from unnecessary hate. One particular instance included the time a fan said something about Taylor’s late grandparents in 2015 and the “Work” singer sent them a direct message saying their behavior was “f–k sh-t,” chiding the fan. “I know ya’ll protective, but c’mon, that sh-t was unnecessary.”
Not sure what motivated the push for peace but we’re happy about it. With all the love Taylor’s been receiving since doing Kanye West’s “Fade” video (West is quite close with Rihanna by the way), it’s nice to see that so many doors are opening up for her and that old drama is being put to rest. Fingers crossed for a future collaboration!
While most of us have been fans of Teyana Taylor since her “Google Me Baby” days, there are many who are just now being introduced to the multifaceted beauty. And since everyone and their mother is still on a high from Teyana’s exemplary choreography — and body — in Kanye West’s “FADE” music video, The Fader decided to have a quick chat with the superstar on how her life has changed since her engagement to NBA basketball player Iman Shumpert and giving birth to their scrumptious daughter, Iman Tayla Shumpert, who’s affectionately known by her parents and social media as Junie. Teyana also explains how the “FADE” video has altered the trajectory of her career since it premiered at the VMAs.
Here are highlights from the insightful interview, below.
The Fader: There are so many images that tell women how our bodies can, or have to, be. This video has had an overwhelmingly positive response from many women, some of whom seem genuinely motivated to get serious about looking after their bodies. What do you think brought out that response?
Teyana Taylor: I feel like it would have gotten a different response if I didn’t have a child. That what’s inspiring. It’s like, “Oh my gosh, she pulled this offand she has a child.” It made mothers feel like, “Anything is possible.” It’ doesn’t make people feel discouraged. You have women that are like, “I don’t want to have kids because I don’t want to mess up my body.” I’m a living example that your body only does what you allow it to do. Your body can do what you make it do. If you stay on top of what you need to stay on top of and get focused — whether that’s working out or dancing, or whatever way you want to make it work — it can work. I’ve been moving and in action since I was about four months pregnant. I was always moving around, always dancing, and always active. This video was to inspire women and to let them know that we are super women, each and every one of us. We hold these kids for nine months but we still have to work to provide for our families.
The Fader: As a black woman, what was the power of you, Iman, and the baby appearing together in the video’s final scene?
Teyana Taylor: It was love. A lioness protecting her family. That’s exactly what it was and what it represented. People think deeply into it and you should take it to mean whatever you think it means. It’s a powerful message and a power video.
The Fader: How has being a mother impacted the sense of agency that you have over your body?
Teyana Taylor: Even when I posted my picture to say, “My snap back in 6 days, I want to thank Junie” — that was a genuine moment. I’m a first time mom and I’m trying to understand why Junie was born six days ago and I got a whole 12 pack. That’s my experience. But it’s not for anyone to take that and feel, “Oh, I have to snap back in two days or six days.” We are all beautiful and I’m so happy that we’re at a point where women feel beautiful and feel powerful. It’s super dope to me because I never thought that I would’ve been that person. I tend to stay to myself and mind my business. So to check my DM’s and see women like, “You made me feel so beautiful!” That’s dope.
The Fader: You’ll be starring in a VH1 series, The Breaks, at the top of next year. Are you planning to release new music as well?
Teyana Taylor: Right now, I’m working on an album and working on The Breaks. I’m trying to do it all. I don’t want to be seen for just singing and dancing. I want to take roles that have nothing to do with me or music. I have my fitness video coming out. I’m super excited. I’ve already shot the scenes for it.
And we can’t wait to serve body realness like her because of it! Read Teyana’s entire interview with The Fader, here.
This past Sunday, Kanye West premiered the music video to his song “FADE” at the MTV VMAs and it floored viewers.
Dancing to the eclectic song that barely has any lyrics, was his G.O.O.D Music artist, R&B songstress Teyana Taylor who clearly didn’t come to play with any one of us.
Shedding her “Google Me Baby,” MTV’s Sweet Sixteen and even tomboy-chic look, Taylor gave the VMAs audience, viewers and even those who weren’t watching the award show something to investigate with her flawless dance moves and the imagery she created with them.
In the video, Teyana is seen releasing the same passion Rosie Perez exhibited in the Spike Lee’s 1989 hit Do The Right Thing while dipping into a Flashdance– West African- 1990s Crybaby inspired choreography. And while many of us were left in awe of Teyana’s aspiring talent and body, others choose to dissect the video’s symbolism, because it wouldn’t be a Kanye video if you weren’t doing so. But, if you’re still stuck on what Yeezy was trying to convey in the video, Teyana suggests watching it 20 or 40 times — yes that’s literally what she told Vogue’s Patricia Garcia.
Here are few highlights from her interview:
Vogue: What went through your mind after the video premiered?
Teyana: I was shaking. I was on Twitter and Instagram, but my phone was shaking because my hand was shaking. I was so nervous because it was really a do-or-die moment. I’ve worked so hard and I didn’t know that that moment was going to be that huge because I didn’t have time to mentally prepare. But it was dope that I was able to really sit back and really take in the whole moment. It’s emotional because I’ve been in the industry for so long and I’ve never understood why certain things weren’t happening. And now I feel like my story, everything that I’ve been through, makes this moment so much more special. Though it took so long for this to happen, I don’t feel like it could’ve happened at a better time.
Vogue:How did you become the star of this video?
Teyana: It was actually crazy because I was in the studio recording and Kanye came by to the other studio next door to record and asked me to come over real quick. And he was like, “Yo, you killed the Lil’ Kim tribute.” And we talked about that a little bit and then I don’t know how we got into a conversation about me and Iman. We just started talking and I was just rambling and rambling about Iman and to him it was a dope moment to just see love like that, to see that you can really have it all. Even with him, his relationship with Kim is so dope. They have kids, they’re married, they have a friendship. Even Kanye having kids has changed him a lot. He was like, “Dang, you’re singing. Your husband just won a championship. You just had Junie.” I think that really inspired him for the video. Literally when I left the studio and went back to my recording room, [a head representative from G.O.O.D. Music] came up to me and said Kanye wanted me to dance to one of his songs—for “Fade.” I was like, “Oh my god, you’re lying.”
Vogue:Yes! Please, let’s talk about the cat face at the end.
Teyana: Let’s talk about these sheep first, though. They were shitting all over the place—there was poop everywhere! And then little Junie is just so fearless; she’s playing with the sheep. I was just looking at Ye, like Yo, I don’t know what you got going on, but I know it’s going to be good. Because you know with Ye, you just gotta trust him. He’s a genius and you know he just got something up his sleeve.
We filmed that cat scene first. We didn’t shoot the video in order. I was in three hours of makeup and prosthetics to get that thing on my face. The director Eli [Linnetz], he wanted it to be a little bit sexy, so I drew my own brows on the cat face.
Vogue: So Kanye gave no explanation for the cat face.
Yeah, he was just like, I’m going to put you in this cat face. It’s going to be chic. At the same time, being an actor, I love doing stuff like that—to be able to get dressed up and get out of my comfort zone. I was very excited to do something different and artistic, but since we shot backwards, at first, I didn’t know what was going on. I thought, This crazy mother-effer. He’s got 15 sheep in this gym right now, with poop all over the place. It’s crazy the thing that happens behind the scenes; my wig almost flew off. It’s just so dope to watch the final product and know all the things that went into it. From the bottom of the heart this meant so much to me.
Teyana: And no explanation for the sheep either?
It was definitely something deep. The whole video is deeper than people probably processed it. So I feel like it’s up for the people to figure it out. I get it, but I want them to really figure it out and really understand what’s going on. And for them to understand, they’re going to have to watch it 20, and 30, and 40 times.
Personally, I believe, the “FADE: video depicts the need for creation and restoring the universe’s balance. When Teyana is pictured solo in the video, we see her body choreographed to a variety of dances that are linked to calling in a mate.
When the “FADE: video flashes to the steamy shower scene that Teyana shares with her fiancé Iman Shumpert, we see the two become one. This makes an easy transition to the last clip where Teyana is seen as a cat as she lays on Iman while their daughter, Iman Tayla, lays among sheep. This is representative of the well-known “biblical” verse (that’s actually not in the bible): “And the lion will lay down with the sheep.” Despite never making an appearance in the Book of Life, the verse is closely linked to Isaiah Chapter 11 verses 1-6 that prophesies a time where the Christian messiah, Jesus, returns to the earth, restoring peace and order for all.
Although this is just my opinion, it isn’t far-fetched to the abundance both Teyana and Kanye have in their career or family lives.
What does “FADE” mean to you?
#FitnessGoals: Teyana Taylor Shares Secret To Her Bangin’ “Fade” Body, And It Doesn’t Include A Diet
I’m sure that if you haven’t seen the full-length video for Kanye West’s “Fade” by now (which premiered during the MTV VMAs and is streaming exclusively on Tidal), you’ve at least seen a clip of singer Teyana Taylor absolutely killing it with her amazing dance moves. But obviously, what stood out most to people was her fit form. So, how does Taylor, who just had a baby in December, manage to stay in such great shape? Well, we thought it was her use of the elliptical machine and a love of squats, as she once said a few years back. But as she told E! News, all that dancing is what’s behind it.
“Dancing is my workout. I just dance,” she said. “I almost feel like dance is so underrated in the fitness world.”
She went on to say that dieting isn’t her thing and really, she “eats everything.” Therefore, her love of busting a move (and some really good genes) has played a part in her being both curvy and exceptionally toned. So, if you’re looking to dance your way to the body of your dreams, it’s time to get that playlist cracking and hope your neighbors won’t start beating on your ceiling with a broom to get you to sit down.
On a side note, while I’m thoroughly impressed with her body, she’s always been in pretty impeccable shape. I’m talking abs since the My Super Sweet 16 days. What’s most impressive right now is how she’s using all this new attention to promote an even better body of work (five points for my play on words): her music. She told her new Twitter followers to check out her album VII, which came out in 2014: “For all the new folk. My album was pretty cool.”
Love this chick, and the fact that she’s finally getting some much-deserved love. Now off to get some “Fade” abs!
Check out all the celebs showing Taylor love and trying to get some workout tips along with the rest of us:
@TEYANATAYLOR you are inspiring girl!
— Jenna Dewan Tatum (@jennaldewan) August 29, 2016
— Jennifer Beals (@jenniferbeals) August 30, 2016
Ok just woke up & watched the Fade video again for my Monday morning gym motivation. Thank you @TEYANATAYLOR
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) August 29, 2016
teyana WHAAAAAAAAT plz train me also what are the lambs you know what forget it I don’t care please help me
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 29, 2016
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) August 30, 2016
let it be known, @TEYANATAYLOR is a true kickass goddess
— Justine Skye (@JustineSkye) August 29, 2016
— Lil’ Kim (@LilKim) August 29, 2016
Today’s episode of #LunchtimeChat posed the question: why are only the black girls slaying the VMAs? The ladies share their opinions on Teyana Taylor’s emerging career, Beyonce’s outstanding performance, RiRi and all the #blackgirlexcellence from last night’s VMAs.
Catch the chat and share your thoughts below! Make sure to tune in to #LunchtimeChat every weekday at noon on Facebook Live!