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Who Is Teyana Taylor? 5 Things To Know About The Star Of Kanye West's 'Fade' Video

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Teyona Taylor
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At the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 28 Kanye West premiered his new video for the "Life of Pablo" track "Fade."

After a very long-winded, signature Kanye speech, where he talked about Taylor Swift, violence in Chicago and Amber Rose, the VMA audience was treated to the super sexy video featuring a single dancer doing her thing in a retro gym and wearing an underboob revealing crop-top and thong bottoms.

Teyona Taylor
(Photo : Tidal)

The sweaty dance work out was definitely one of the coolest music videos we have seen in a long time. So who is girl with the killer body and sick dance moves? Check out five things you need to know about Teyana Taylor below.


1. She is a seasoned video girl

This isn't the first time Teyana has been a video vixen. She appeared in Jay Z's 2007 video for his song "Blue Magic."


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2. She's a triple threat

In addition to being an incredible dancer, she also sings and acts. In 2007, Teyana signed to Pharrell's Star Trak Entertainment print and released a mixtape titled "From a Planet Called Harlem." In January 2012 she joined Kanye's GOOD Music label and having previously collaborated with him singing on "Dark Fantasy," a track from West's 2010 album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy." Her debut solo album, "VII," debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 after its 2014 release. In 2015, she released an EP, "The Cassette Tape 1994," which paid tribute to iconic '90s hits. This summer she released her single "Freak On", featuring guest vocals from Chris Brown, produced by DJ Mustard.

She has appeared in the films "Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming" and "Madea's Big Happy Family" as well as the debut episode of "House of Glam" on Oxygen.

 

Teyona Taylor
(Photo : Instagram)




3. She's a sneaker head

In 2013, Teyana signed a deal to design and release two pairs of sneakers with Adidas. The first pair released were the Harlem GLC's. According to Adidas Global Director of Entertainment and Influence Marketing, Jonathan Wexler, Teyana currently holds the record for fastest selling sneakers in Adidas Originals history. She is currently focused on designing and releasing her second pair of sneakers with the brand.

Teyona Taylor
(Photo : MTV)

4. She's a former MTV reality star

This certainly wasn't Teyana's first MTV appearance. Believe it or not, she appeared in a season 4 episode of "My Super Sweet 16" back in 2007. She celebrated her milestone bday with a '80s-themed party, where she performed her own hip-hop routine. She even entered the extravaganza dressed as a living Barbie doll.

She also appeared on the network again in as a judge on the eighth season of the competitive dance reality television series, "America's Best Dance Crew."


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5. Sorry boys, she's taken

Teyana is engaged to NBA star Iman Shumpert. The Cleveland Cavaliers player popped the question to his girlfriend in November 2015. He's also her co-star in the "Fade" video with whom she gets steamy with in the post-workout shower scene. The two welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Iman Tayla Shumpert, Jr. back in December. The 7-month-old also makes a cameo in Kanye's video.

Teyona Taylor
(Photo : Tidal)

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