Image Group LA/ABCTeyana Taylor is the latest Playboy cover girl.
The 27-year-old-singer/actress graces the cover of the new September/October issue, wearing a red-and-white bikini.
In the cover story, Taylor talks about growing up in New York City believing she would be a trailblazer.
“I have a leader vibe about me,” Taylor tells Playboy. “Because I was home schooled, I had no choice but to raise my hand even if I didn’t want to. But I was fearless, pure, raw.”
The wife of NBA star Iman Shumpert began her career as a dancer, and choreographed Beyonce’s 2006 “Ring The Alarm” video. She says she’s always loved displaying her creativity on the dance floor.
“I would see groups of people dancing, and instead of joining in, I would actually want to make up the moves,” she says. “I’ve always been a person that wants not just to do it; I want to be it.”
Taylor has several acting credits, and currently stars in the new season of Hit The Floor on BET. She released her second album, K.T.S.E., produced by Kanye West, in June, but admits her music career has been a struggle.
“Everybody knows, as far as the music side, it’s been a long journey for me, which it has been for any person who’s great in the industry,” she says.
Taylor is currently on the road with Jeremih, and their 24-city tour wraps up September 8 in Portland, Oregon.
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