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Often when magazines post a celebrity’s controversial statement, said celebrity will claim he or she was misunderstood and then clarify the statement. For instance, when Kobe Bryant’s wife was quoted saying she couldn’t be married to a man who doesn’t win championships, she later clarified that saying she married Kobe before he won a single championship and “it is not about being married to a ‘winner’ it is about our sacrifice as a family. “

Maybe Teyana Taylor needs to hire Vanessa Bryant’s PR squad. Earlier this month, Complex magazine published an interview with Teyana Taylor and in that interview she claimed she started the tomboy trend that Rihanna and her labelmate Rita Ora have embraced. Never mind that Rihanna doesn’t even have a certain style. She will wear anything, everything and next-to-nothing depending on the day.  Complex magazine baited Teyana with a bizarre question and instead of side-stepping it, she made headlines — and not in a good way.

Teyana received a lot of necessary flak for her statements, but instead of later clarifying those statements, she re-iterated them. reports:

Yes, I know about the late Aaliyah, TLC, Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah, Lady Of Rage, SWV, and X-Scape. Yes, they are women who dressed like tomboys who were in this game long before me I salute and look up to them. When I stated that I started this tomboy wave, I meant it in terms of my era on & bringing it back. When I hit the scene back in 2005′/2006′ it was I, and only I, dressing in that style when it came to FEMALE ARTISTS in this game and that’s a fact.

CLEARLY NO DEBATING. I was doing the BBC cargo’s with the dunks, big hair under that 59/50 new era fitted. Rocking Jordans all crazy, I made that sh-t cool again. No female in this game was going near it unless it was them being styled at a photo shoot, or a treatment in their video. Between my time and now, when you seen a young girl with that “Hot Boyish” look she wasn’t thinking too much about the ladies before me, she was channeling the kid. Not to sound cocky, but like come on, let’s keep it a buck out here.

People were calling me a dyke because of this tomboy sh-t. These other girls you see ain’t have to go through that, the REAL tomboys were being called d-kes. Just look at some of these people before they got signed, look at them in their high school days. Look at pictures of them when they first got signed, then do the same thing with me. The proof is in the pudding, and that pudding tasting real good right now. I’m not mad that people use an idea because I too may use an idea. I just do things in my own way, and I also do original things.

Just don’t give credit to that person for starting a trend because they’re more famous, or have more records out. Those are the people who take from the people who haven’t yet reached their level of success and we all know that its been going on before I was thought of. I love my style, I love to dress, its fun to me and I just wanna be respected like any other person who started something or brought something back to life when people were too iffy to do it.

So despite the fact that many young girls out here don’t have the slightest clue who Teyana Taylor is, she wants us to believe they’re all channeling her with the “Hot-boyish” style? Well, then I can only believe she is channeling Kanye West with that extreme egotism.

To be fair, personally I’m not sure what Teyana was doing in 2005/2006 because I don’t remember her at all. She did have a song called “Google Me” in 2008 that peaked at number 90 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and I remember her hanging out with Chris Brown post-Rihanna. I Googled her and it looks like she was rocking a skater chic/tomboy look in most photos, but on her website (that clearly hasn’t been updated since 2008), she isn’t dressed like a tomboy at all in her header photo. In fact, I Googled “Teyana Taylor 2012” and she’s looking more feminine than ever. Apparently, it’s cool for her to change up her look sometimes, but if any woman dare throw on a pair of Jordans instead of stilettos then she’s automatically inspired by Teyana? Someone get this girl as many seats as possible. Next she’s going to be taking credit for women wearing their natural hair.

I’m not going to pretend to know what it’s like to be a talented female and trying to come up in a music industry that is dominated by Beyonces and Rihannas. I have to believe though that there is something to be said about not trying to start unnecessary beef with someone who is way more relevant than you are. Who is she trying to be? Raz-B? Her contrived beef with Rihanna via Instagram and Twitter is likely not going to do much for her career.

She’s right that it’s wrong when people who are uber-famous steal from people who are less famous then get all of the credit. But her example is not a good one. The inconvenient truth is, nobody cares which current R&B artist pulled on a pair of  baggy jeans first because there is nothing new under the sun; therefore no one can truly take credit for the style. Judging from the Janet Jackson photo and Lauryn Hill album name, it seems Teyana is just copying stuff from the 90’s and early 2000’s and passing it off as her own (or claiming she’s “bringing it back”) and therefore extremely sensitive when she feels as though someone is doing the same to her.

What do you think about Teyana’s latest comments?

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