Teyana Taylor Tops Maxim’s Sizzling 100 Checklist, Turns into First Black Lady At No. 1 Spot

Teyana Taylor, whom Maxim lately dubbed the “sexiest lady alive,” topped the publication’s 2021 “Sizzling 100” record, turning into the primary Black lady to take action.

The singer, actor and dancer celebrated the glory on Instagram on Monday, writing, “Someone pinch me!!!!”

“WOW…. Stepping again in entrance of the lens has been a journey of self-reflection and self-confidence,” she wrote within the publish’s caption. “Dwelling as much as [the] identify and title of this shoot wholeheartedly made me nervous.”

Taylor, who shares two daughters along with her husband, skilled basketball participant Iman Shumpert, later famous within the publish that her busy way of life typically robs her of time to “really feel attractive.”

She stated she arrived on the picture shoot after dropping her 5-year-old daughter, Junie, off at college, and that the sweatpants and beanie she’d been carrying had made appearances within the shoot. 

“Embrace and love yourselves for who [and] what you’re as a result of solely the purest coronary heart shines via,” she later added. 

Maxim introduced Taylor as its “Sizzling 100” cowl star on Monday, celebrating her as a “swish choreographer-dancer, actor-director and prime ten recording star.” She is the primary Black lady to land the No. 1 spot on the record, in line with an archive of the publication’s previous honorees relationship again to 2000.

Current honorees embrace Olivia Culpo in 2019, Kate Upton in 2018 and Hailey Baldwin in 2017. 

When Lindsay Lohan topped the record in 2007, the journal instructed The Related Press that its rankings, decided by Maxim editors, thought-about buzz and wonder for ladies in movie, TV, music, sports activities and trend.

“There isn’t a different star on the planet (who) causes extra of a stir within the public eye than Lindsay,” then-Maxim editor-in-chief Jimmy Jellinek stated on the time.

In 2018, the journal stated its record celebrated greater than bodily magnificence and in addition honored girls who’re “multi-hyphenates, entrepreneurs and risk-takers.”

“Now greater than ever, we have to have fun good, highly effective girls who’re breaking boundaries (and looking out rattling good doing it),” its assertion learn.

Folks on social media this week questioned why a Black lady hadn’t topped the record earlier than.

Jemele Hill, contributing author for the Atlantic, known as that reality “pathetic” — and different Twitter customers shared related sentiments:

Taylor instructed Maxim in her cowl story that she had lengthy envisioned herself as a canopy star for the journal. 

“I’ve adopted Maxim for a very long time and I’ve all the time felt like I needs to be on the quilt,” she stated. “So to really get the decision saying they need me on the quilt actually meant so much. I used to be like, ‘What? They need me on the quilt? Okay!’” 

Taylor lately appeared in “Coming 2 America,” the 2021 sequel to the unique 1988 traditional “Coming to America,” starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Corridor, James Earl Jones and Shari Headley.

The singer, who launched her newest album, titled “The Album,” final 12 months, has plenty of tasks within the works. 

Taylor and Shumpert, who welcomed their second daughter Rue Rose in September, will seem in an upcoming E! actuality collection about their lives titled “We Bought Love Teyana & Iman.” 

She additionally instructed Maxim that she’s engaged on growing a collection about music legend Dionne Warwick.

“I wish to be sure she approves every little thing and is snug with every little thing earlier than we transfer ahead,” she stated of the “Stroll on By” singer. “That was crucial factor for me, to actually study each other and know what it’s that she needs, and ensure her story is coming from her personal mouth, fairly than bringing folks in to alter her narrative.” 

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