Ser Baffo/Getty Images for BETTeyana Taylor has always idolized Janet Jackson, so when the leader of the “Rhythm Nation” congratulated her on hitting number one on iTunes with her new album, K.T.S.E., it was like a dream come true.
“I went crazy, Taylor tells Billboard. “For Janet Jackson to follow me and make me her [Instagram] Wednesday crush, and then do a whole video shout out, amidst her rough time, you know what she is going through right now, it really meant a lot.”
“It felt like, ‘Wow! You really believe in me. You really know I exist,’” Taylor continues. “This is wild. This is real. I just saw her at the Essence Festival. It was like, ‘Alright, girl. You know I love you.’ She told me she loved me, too.”
Taylor says she’s inspired by Jackson’s incredible legacy over the past four decades.
“You can see how hard she works, and how serious she takes her visuals,” says Taylor. “It is great just being around her. Her answers to my questions are always full of advice. You know, I am deliberate. I ask questions for a reason.”
Taylor says spending time with her idol is an education, and she always learns something, even when Jackson is silent.
“As far as advice, she has given me a lot,” Taylor says. “I think with someone like her, her advice is self-explanatory. She does not even really have to say anything.”
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