Teyana Taylor is showing the world why she is No. 1.
Maxim magazine crowned the multi-hyphenate entertainer as its“Sexiest Woman Alive,” topping the list of the publication’s Hot 100. Other names on the 2021 list include Megan Thee Stallion, Jennifer Lopez and model Cindy Kimberly, but it was the 30-year-old mother of two who landed the coveted title.
Taylor appeared on the cover in a white cut-off Hanes tank top showing off her six-pack midriff. She styled the cropped undershirt with a pair of oversized vintage camouflage pants and Prada boots with the same camo pattern. To top the whole look she wore neatly cornrowed braids and gold accessories, including a choker designed by Pamela Love.
On Instagram, the “Wake Up Love” singer announced the achievement writing, “Somebody pinch me!”
Taylor said the cover shoot meant so much to her as a busy working mother and wife who tends to “hide behind (her) sweats & vintage tees.” She shares two daughters with husband, basketball player Iman Shumpert: Iman (nicknamed Junie), 5, and Rue, who was born last September.
“So I as you can see I don’t have much time to be and feel sexy. This particular day was dope because it made me see another side of myself,” she wrote. “I had just dropped JUNIE off at school before heading straight to the shoot; sweatpants a beanie and an army jacket.”
She said when she arrived photographer Gilles Bensimon told her to stay in the exact same clothes she arrived in because her look was “pure.”
“Embrace and love yourselves for who & what you are because only the purest heart shines through. Thank you @maximmag I am truly honored to have graced the cover,” she added.
Taylor most recently appeared in “Coming 2 America” alongside Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in her role as Bopoto Izzi, the daughter of General Izzi (Wesley Snipes).