Teyana Taylor Becomes First Black Woman Named ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’

Teyana Taylor made history this week after being named the “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Maxim. The magazine’s annual “Hot 100” list came out Tuesday (June 7), with the singer-director-choreographer topping the list, becoming the first Black woman to do so. 

“Somebody pinch me!” the mother of two wrote in an Instagram post announcing the achievement. “...to be named the ‘Sexiest Woman alive’ by literally living in the skin I’m in. Wow,” the post continued. 

The “Wake Up Love” singer shared some behind the scenes tidbits that led up to the cover shot, revealing that she had just dropped off her and husband Iman Shumpert’s oldest child, Junie, off at school and didn’t have time to get glam. 

Teyana wrote that she arrived on set wearing “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.” French fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon went with Teyana’s look and the outcome was a stunning spread of the super fit star.

“Embrace and love yourselves for who & what you are because only the purest heart shines through,” Teyana wrote at the end of the post before thanking the magazine. “I am truly honored to have graced the cover.” 

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