The “retired” R&B singer and overall fashion and lifestyle magnate, 30, shared the news that she was crowned as the honoree in a lengthy Instagram post explaining the magnitude of topping the 2021 Hot 100 list as the publication’s first-ever Black recipient that also brings with it a lifetime of bragging rights.
“Somebody pinch me!!!!” wrote Taylor, whose career has been an enigma since her mid-teens as Taylor has had her hand in everything from music, television and film, fashion, and is also a highly sought after choreographer and video director.
“As an entrepreneur, wife, a busy mother of two & working behind the lens in my director bag I tend to hide behind my sweats & vintage tees, My ‘Spike Tey’ glasses, and whatever hairstyle I’ve mustered up that day,” Taylor explained on Monday. “So as you can see I don’t have much time to be and feel sexy. This particular day was dope because it made me see another side of myself.”
The runway model and fitness maven, who famously birthed her first child during a surprise in-home emergency in 2015, explained in her social media post that she began her Maxim photoshoot day by dropping her daughter off at school before arriving at the shoot in sweatpants, an army jacket and a beanie hat with her hair in a mess.
Taylor maintained that it was famed photographer Gilles Bensimon who put her at ease, calling Taylor’s essence “pure” before encouraging her to do the photoshoot just as she came.
“As confused as I was my heart also melted,” explained the “Rose In Harlem” songstress. “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.”
Added the Kanye West protégé: “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.”