Teyana Taylor has proved herself to be a jack of all trades. We’ve all seen her navigate through being a singer, actress, director, and model. But, now the 30 year old entrepreneur has added Creative Director of UK based clothing brand Pretty Little Thing to her portfolio.
Just last week fans of the trail blazing artist (myself included) were heartbroken by the news of her early retirement from music. Taylor announced she’d be taking an indefinite hiatus (or full-on retirement) from the music industry via an Instagram Live, citing a lack of support from her label Def Jam and feeling “unappreciated” and “overlooked,” feelings that had led to a lack of desire for entertaining.
“Baby, I got to do it for my mental health. I have to do it for my emotional health,” she said. “I have to do it for my kids, so I can stay alive for my kids. Until I’m free, until I can get [Def Jam] to release me, yes I want to retire. I don’t want to do this anymore.”
During the over-30-minute revelation, Taylor listed designing among her many talents and interests. Several days later, as she celebrated her 30th birthday on December 10, Taylor made the monumental announcement: she’s the new creative director of fast-fashion brand PrettyLittle Thing, writing in an Instagram post:
“Dirty 30 and its time make some more BIG moves. “Remember when I said “when one door closes another one opens..either that or I’m picking the locks”? Well I damn sure did & I am proud to announce that I have officially been named CREATIVE DIRECTOR of @prettylittlething 😩😆😆 We’re going to be collaborating on some amazing projects together and i cannot wait to get started! What a way to bring some positive vibes & more #blackgirlmagic into 2021! Happy birthday to me!”
While theres no indication of what we can expect from the new creative director, we can assume the following: Her vision for the brand will likely include some homegrown Harlem drip, some major odes to classic hip-hop and ballroom culture, and…of course BODY— I mean come on, have you seen her perfectly sculpted figure? We’re talking about the same woman who gave us the iconic sweat-drenched visuals and workout-inspired choreography of Kanye West’s “Fade” video. Excited would be an understatement when describing the feeling we all feel festering towards the revelation of her new endeavor.
However, in the meantime, we applaud the Harlem boss, and hope that as she continues to apply the pressure, she continues to Keep The Same Energy (which you can stream below).