I’ve always wondered what was Teyana Taylor’s contribution to the world? Then I saw the photo of her imitating one of Janet Jackson’s most iconic photoshoots and realized that she is, indeed, eye candy. But there’s got to be more to the “Google Me” singer/rapper than an amazing six-pack and curves that could kill, right?
It was Taylor’s recent interview with Complex Magazine that assured me that she is a fierce fashion force to be reckoned with. Forget her ill-fated attempts at trying to be an artist, she’s got superstars to inspire! From how she met Kanye to Rihanna and Rita Ora’s style, Teyana claims that her style inspires. Check out some of the standout notable quotes from the interview below.
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On Influencing Rihanna and Rita Ora’s Style:
I do feel like I influence a lot of artists. But the way I look at it is not in a negative way. I love them. When I came in the game, it wasn’t okay to be a girl and wear sneakers and hats and streetwear. They called me gay. Now the tomboy thing, it’s sexy. Rihanna and Rita Ora are fly and sexy. I’m happy I was able to pave that way. I love seeing our artists dressed like that. You ain’t gay if you throw on sneakers and a hat. Nobody can take that away from me and say, “Oh, she didn’t start that trend.” They all know. I’ve always been about this life and mixing kicks with high fashion on some ghetto chic shit.
Does Teyana not remember the way Aaliyah made dressing like a boy…sexy? Oh ok.
On Meeting Kanye West:
At his Glow in the Dark tour with him, N.E.R.D. and Rihanna. At the time I was signed to Pharrell Williams and his Star Trak label. Kanye used to always like my outfits. So from jump we became fashion friends and we’d talk about different clothes and designing different things. We’d email each other different garments that we liked. That’s how we became friends and super close.
There have always been rumors about Teyana and Kanye. At least now we know how they met and got “super close.”
On Attempting To Get On Kanye’s Album:
Even though the invite really was to check out clothes, I had told myself I was going to get on that album—whether he knew or not. [Laughs.] I’m not even a morning person and he wanted me to come at 9 a.m. I get there and I like his clothes. He’s like, “I knew you’d like this!” Then he started playing his album and I start humming and doing some little runs to what I’m hearing on the sly tip. I came in there humming! I knew what I was doing. [Laughs.] So he hears me and is like, “You can really sing. Yo, can you put some backgrounds on this song ‘Hell of a Life’?” He knew I was signed to Pharrell and all that, but I guess he didn’t know what I could really do. Like I said, we were more fashion friends. He just knew I was fly.
So then he tells me to do “Dark Fantasy.” At the time it was pretty empty, just verses. He put me in another room by myself and said, “Go.” I came back with a whole intro and chorus. I did all the scratches and the cuts myself with my voice. That’s not a DJ thing when you hear my voice go like that. I was so nervous when I played it for Kanye. I hadn’t been in the studio for so long. I was so excited to be trying out for that song. Rihanna was there.
This entire anecdote sounds like the road Teyana’s career has been on–just going nowhere. Empty.
On Her Own Music:
I start August 6. I’m so excited. I’ll be in the studio for a month straight. I’m going in. My iPod is full of Total, 112, and Mary. Mint Condition and Donnell Jones and Brandy. That’s what I want to accomplish. I want that ‘90s vibe.
Teyana Taylor seems to be completely out of touch with reality. I maintain that her contribution to society is limited to being a nice face attached to a jaw-dropping body. We’ll see if this album gets the steam it needs to go anywhere. Honestly if she keeps up talking slick in interviews like this, she will go far! At least viral.