Teyana Taylor Makes History as the First Black Woman to be Maxim’s Sexiest Woman Alive

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PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 29: Teyana Taylor attends the Monot show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on February 29, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)

Teyana Taylor tops Maxims Hot 100 List, becoming the first black woman to be named “Sexiest Woman Alive.”

The singer, dancer, director and model appears on the cover of July/August 2022. While flaunting her washboard abs, the mother of two reflects on how the shoot helped her “journey of self-reflection and self-confidence” in an instagram post.

“Somebody pinch me!!!!”The singer writes in a post. 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.”

The star refers to the experience as “dope.”

“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.”

“I was so like SO LET ME UNDERSTAND THIS … I WILL BE THE SEXIEST Woman Alive IN SWEATS AND A SKULLY? ”

The Coming 2 America star says her “heart also meted” when French photographer and fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon wanted to capture her raw, natural beauty.

“Embrace and love yourselves for who & what you are because only the purest heart shines through,” she concludes.”Thank you @maxximag I am truly honored to have graced the cover. Thank you @gilles_bensimon for being so much fun.”

Teyana Taylor becomes the first Black woman to be Maxim’s sexiest woman alive, gracing the magazine cover while embracing her natural beauty in cornrows and sweats.

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