Unless you've been living under a rock, the general consensus is that Teyana Taylor is all the goals— mom goals, relationship goals, style goals and especially body goals. Now, the loving wife and mom of two had been crowned as the Sexiest Woman Alive, thanks to some great minds at Maxim.
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The songbird also happens to be the first Black woman to receive the coveted title. She has this innate ability to look incredible in anything. No, really. So, when she showed up to her Maxim shoot— fresh faced and in neat cornrows— the photographer Gilles Bensimon wanted to shoot her as she was.
In a skully, sweats, overalls and the utterly stunning sheer ensemble that Rihanna just graced the cover of Vogue Italia with, Teyana bodied her cover shot and of course, had a perfect backstory to match. She began, "Somebody pinch me!!!! Maxim Hot 100 to be named the ‘Sexiest Woman alive’ by literally living in the skin I’m in. WOW....Stepping back in front of the lens has been a journey of self-reflection and self-confidence."
"Living up to name and title of this shoot wholeheartedly made me nervous.
As a entrepreneur, wife, a busy mother of two & working behind the lens in my director bag I tend to hide behind my sweats & vintage tees, My 'Spike Tey' glasses, and whatever hair style I’ve mustered up that day under my @theauntiesinc snap back! So I as you can see I don’t have much time to be and feel sexy," she continued.
"This particular day was dope because it made me see another side of myself. I had just dropped JUNIE off at school before heading straight to the shoot; sweatpants a beanie and an army jacket. My hair wasn’t done for a “shoot” because I planned on throwing on a wig & I didn’t have on any make up. But when I got there the legendary @Gilles_bensimon said and I quote…. 'Let’s shoot! I want you to stay in this…' I said 'HUH?! Well let me at least start my make up..' as y’all can see I barely had any lashes left 😩 He says no “my dear this is pure.” And in regular Teyana Taylor fashion I said 'okay but look Ah b**** doing her baby hairs.'"
Despite her confusion, she embraced the raw moment and her "heart melted." Teyana expressed, "I say all of this to say in the true words of Audrey Hepburn… 'The beauty of a woman is not in facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.' Embrace and love yourselves for who & what you are because only the purest heart shines through." Tap in to the Harlem native's cover story as the Sexiest Woman Alive here.