Just months after welcoming her second child with husband and NBA star Iman Shumpert, the 30-year-old star confirmed her intention to retire from music because of ongoing frustration with her record label G.O.O.D Music/Def Jam that she claimed gave her “literally no push” over the years. She also expressed frustration toward the Recording Academy with the male-dominated best R&B album category at the 2021 Grammy Awards that did not honor her most recent project, 2020’s The Album, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top R&B Albums chart in early July.
Recently, Taylor starred in Coming 2 America, for which she contributed the song “Gett Off,” featuring Jermaine Fowler and Brandon Rogers, to the soundtrack; became the fashion brand Pretty Little Thing’s creative director; and scored an E! reality television series with Shumpert titled We Got Love Teyana & Iman, which will premiere in the fall.
When it came to working with French fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon on the Maxim shoot, Taylor said her “heart also melted” by how raw he wanted to capture her and her natural beauty.
“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,” she continued. “But when I got there the legendary @Gilles_bensimon said and I quote…. ‘Let’s shoot! I want you to stay in this…’ I said ‘HUH?! Well let me at least start my make up.. ‘ as y’all can see I barely had any lashes left. He says no ‘my dear this is pure.’ And in regular Teyana Taylor fashion I said ‘okay but look Ah bi— doing her baby hairs’ LOL I was like SO LET ME UNDERSTAND THIS…I WILL BE THE SEXIEST Woman Alive IN SWEATS AND A SKULLY? Um I guess….’ as confused as I was my heart also melted.”
See her post from the Maxim photo shoot below, and read her cover story here.