Teyana Taylor, who Maxim recently called “the sexiest woman in her life,” topped the 2021 Hot 100 list, becoming the first black woman to do so.
The singer, actor and dancer celebrated the honor on Instagram on Monday, writing: “Someone squeeze me !!!!”
“WOW …. Retreating in front of the lens is a journey of self-reflection and self-confidence,” she wrote in the caption. “Living until [the] The name and title of this photo made me nervous. “
Taylor, who shares two daughters with her husband, a professional basketball player Iman Schumpert, she later noted in the publication that her busy lifestyle often took her time to “feel sexy.”
She said she arrived at the photo shoot after leaving her 5-year-old daughter Juni at school and that the sports pants and hat she was wearing appeared in the photos.
“Hug and love for whom [and] what you are, because only the purest heart is transparent, ”she added later.
On Monday, Maxim announced Taylor as his star for the cover of “Hot 100”, celebrating her as a “graceful choreographer-dancer, actor-director and top ten record stars”. She is the first black woman to top the list, according to an archive of past 2000 edition awards.
Recent awards include Olivia Culpo in 2019, Kate Upton in 2018 and Hailey Baldwin in 2017.
When Lindsay Lohan topped the list in 2007, the magazine told the Associated Press that its ranking, determined by Maxim’s editors, took into account the noise and beauty of women in film, television, music, sports and fashion.
“There is no other star in the world (which) causes more movement in the eyes of the public than Lindsay,” said then-Maxim’s editor-in-chief Jimmy Jelinek.
In 2018, the magazine said that its list includes more than physical beauty, and also honors women who are “multi-fans, entrepreneurs and risk-takers.”
“Now more than ever, we need to celebrate smart, powerful women who break boundaries (and look damn good at doing so),” he said in a statement.
People on social media this week wondered why a black woman hadn’t topped the list before.
Cemel Hill, the authors of the Atlantic Ocean, called the fact “pathetic” – and other Twitter users share similar sentiments:
In the history of her cover, Taylor told Maxim that she had long presented herself as a star on the cover of the magazine.
“I’ve been following Maxim for a long time and I’ve always felt like I had to be on the cover,” she said. “So actually calling that they wanted to take me on the cover really meant a lot. I was like, “What? Do they want me on the cover? Good! ‘”
Taylor recently appeared in Coming 2 America, the 2021 sequel to the original 1988 classic Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones and Shari Hadley.
The singer, who released her latest album, The Album, last year, has a number of projects in development.
Taylor and Schumpert, who welcomed their second daughter Rue Rose in September, will appear in the upcoming E! a reality series about their lives entitled “We fell in love with Teyana and Iman.”
She also told Maxim that she was working on developing a series for music legend Dion Warrick.
“I want to make sure she approves of everything and feels good about everything before we move on,” she told the Walk on By singer. “It was most important to me to really learn from each other and know what she wanted and make sure her story came from her own mouth, instead of attracting people to change her story.”
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