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5 Things to Know About Teyana Taylor, The Star of Kanye's New Music Video


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After rumors spread that Kanye West would have four minutes on stage to say whatever he wants at the MTV Video Music Awards, everyone tuned in to see what the rapper would say.

Although West did deliver his usual rant, it was the star of his debuted music video for Fade that left people talking. Those watching the VMAs and celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter to talk about Teyana Taylor and her knockout body. So who is Taylor? Here are five facts to know about the showstopper. 

1. The 2016 Video Music Awards wasn’t Teyana’s premiere on the music network. She starred in a season 4 episode of MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 back in 2007. Taylor celebrated with a 1980s-themed extravaganza. 

2. Unfortunately to all the fellas who drooled over the music video— she’s engaged. NBA star and Cleveland Cavaliers player Iman Shumpert proposed to Taylor in November 2015. Shumpert also starred in West’s video getting steamy in the shower with his fiancé.

My 2 favorite people, Lucky me… 💜 #DaddysGirl #JunieLikeWhoTextingUSdaddy

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3. Teyana made headlines back in December after giving birth in her bathroom. “This is definitely the best assist I’ve ever recorded in my life,” Shumpert posted on Instagram. “We were indeed terrified until I finally saw her hair…then the fear left and I kinda just knew what to do! Our bathroom is forever sacred.” 

On Dec 16th at 6:42am in our bathroom Junie decided she wanted to take her first breath into this world. She came out as a wonderful surprise to everyone! Not knowing I was in labor until I felt her head…it took two ten count pushes with my fiancé playing Dr and she entered this world into his bare hands! Eyes full of tears and barely able to speak to the emergency operator @imanshumpert tied a pair of red headphones around the umbilical cord and the ambulance made there grand entrance 5 min later. She opened her eyes right away, gazed into mine and never cried! He handed her to me wrapped in our bath towel and wiped her face for me to see what LOVE really is. She has blown Christmas away! Our family is complete. Her blueprint will be unmatched. Welcome Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr. Mommy carried you. Daddy delivered you. #MeetTheParents we love you baby girl💂🏾🐞👶🏾

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4. Teyana may not have sung in the video but she is actually a singer. The chart topper earned the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums list with her first album VII. Taylor has also contributed her vocals to a few of Kanye’s songs.

48 hours to get prepared after hearing I was doing the tribute while on baecation…I went completely into my Kim bag in the mirror all day long. Eat, sleep, think Kim. STUDIED, appreciated her era! I also want to take a moment to thank my "dream team" for bringing my vision of Kimberly Jones to life with hair @tokyostylez make-up @japanesefaces CUSTOM looks by @duckie_confetti and @bryonjavar for finding me them fire ass Dior boots 😍😍😍 y'all pulled this off all in only 2 days!!!! I love you guys thank you for everything! Though I was so nervous before the performance, well shit all the way up to when those sliding doors opened lol the finished product made the woman of the hour happy and that's what I dedicated my time to…to bow for one of the greats! Thank you @lilkimthequeenbee for your inspiration, choosing me, believing in me and for knocking down the door for other young women that dream big. "Nothing make a woman feel better" I'm still gagging that this happened. 😩😩 Thank you VH1 & @monascottyoung for the opportunity. 😍😍😍😍😍🐝🐝🐝 #VH1Honors #HiphopHonors #Thefirst48

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5. The triple threat also has acting in her resume. Teyana has appeared in a handful of movies including Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming and Madea’s Big Happy Family.