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Teyana Taylor made history this week as the first Black woman to be named Maxim's Sexiest Woman Alive.
The 30-year-old was announced as the leader of the pack of the publication’s annual Hot 100 list earlier this week and shared the exciting news on Instagram with an impassioned note.
“Somebody pinch me!!!! 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 the name and title of this shoot wholeheartedly made me nervous,” wrote Taylor beneath her cover imagery.
The singer-songwriter and actress went on to say that the shoot for Maxim was "dope" because it made her "see another side of myself" and shared a behind-the-scenes anecdote.
"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," shared the mom of two before adding that photographer Gilles Bensimon insisted that she stay in this "pure" state for the shoot.
The wife of NBA star Iman Shupert recalled that she told Bensimon, "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.. I say all of this to say in the true words of Audrey Hepburn… 'The beauty of a woman is not in facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.' Embrace and love yourselves for who & what you are because only the purest heart shines through," she told fans.
Other women on Maxim's Hot 100 list this year include Jennifer Lopez, Irina Shayk, and Megan Thee Stallion. Congrats to all!