Blank Stare: Teyana Taylor Paved The Way For Rihanna and Rita Ora’s Style?

August 8, 2012  |  


So remember last week when Drake said he was the first rapper to successfully sing on tracks and the whole world laughed in unison? I have a feeling that same reaction could be heading Teyana Taylor’s way based on a comment she made in a recent interview in Complex magazine.

The G.O.O.D music artist chatted with the mag about her affiliation with Kanye and of course her music, but things took a bit of a turn when the topic of discussion changed to her style. Complex set her up, asking: “Speaking of your style, you were one of, if the not the first, chick to bring back the more street look for women. You were wearing Jordans and BBC and fitted caps when you first came out. Now Rihanna and Rita Ora are on it. Do you feel like that’s your look?” Then, Teyana responded with this:

“I do feel like I influence a lot of artists. But the way I look at it is not in a negative way. I love them. When I came in the game, it wasn’t okay to be a girl and wear sneakers and hats and streetwear. They called me gay. Now the tomboy thing, it’s Hot. Rihanna and Rita Ora are fly and s[w]exy. I’m happy I was able to pave that way. I love seeing our artists dressed like that. You ain’t gay if you throw on sneakers and a hat. Nobody can take that away from me and say, “Oh, she didn’t start that trend.” They all know. I’ve always been about this life and mixing kicks with high fashion on some ghetto chic s**t.”

Pause for laughter.

I know Teyana was only born in 1990 so she might have missed the whole tomboy movement during that era, not to mention Salt n’ Peppa, TLC, and Aaliyah, but she and Complex are reaching with the idea that she brought this look back in style—and that Rihanna and Rita Ora are biting it because they decide to wear baggy pants and a baseball cap one day. Are you serious?

Earlier this week, Rihanna tweeted an Instagram pic of herself in a jersey, bedazzled bra, and fitted with the caption “Me, being me” that honestly seems harmless, especially since right after she added another with her friend saying, “us being us” but it possibly got Teyana all in her feelings. She decided to retweet the pic which some followers viewed as shade because later she sent these messages:

Not sure what all that was about. People should be more mad at her Complex comment than her tweets. What do you think?

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