When Teyana Taylor teamed up with PrettyLittleThing, her collaboration with the brand went above and beyond the normal “partnership” program.
As AfroTech previously reported, the brand named Taylor as its newest creative director, where she’ll help build up the reputation that already exists.
Taylor, who’s known for being a free creative spirit, chose this as a new entrepreneurial venture to explore her other talents. In regards to this new move, she told People, “I’m at a place where no one can put me in a box. They can’t tell me I can only do one thing. I do whatever I put my mind to and succeed at it.”
And that’s just the latest bout of success experienced by the Harlem-born & bred choreographer-turned-multimedia magnate. Together with her husband, Iman Shumpert, they’ve accrued a combined net worth of $35 million through music, acting, and basketball. But, according to Celebrity Net Worth, Teyana Taylor herself brings a $5 million net worth to the table. And though she’s slowly moving into the mainstream in terms of recognition, she’ll always be a favorite — and she always remembers where she came from.
Let’s take a look at the myriad of ways Teyana Taylor has proven herself to be a rising superstar — with no signs of slowing down.
Editorial note: The net worth listed in this piece is a speculative estimate drawn from a variety of online sources.
Believe it or not, Teyana Taylor’s music career kicked off when she was only 16-years-old. At that time, she got a gig choreographing Beyoncé’s “Ring the Alarm” video. Off of the strength of that gig, she signed to Pharrell Williams’ Star Trak Entertainment (Interscope Records).
Her mixtape “From a Planet Called Harlem” dropped on Aug. 16, 2009. She subsequently signed to GOOD Music and wrote songs for such artists as Usher, Chris Brown, and Omarion.
On Dec. 4, 2020, Taylor announced her retirement from music via her Instagram page, in part due to having felt “underappreciated” and “overlooked” citing “I’m retiring this chapter of my story with the comfort that I can depart with peace of mind seeing that all the hard work & passion put in was indeed loved & supported somewhere in the world!”
She subsequently went into greater detail on why she retired on “Sip N Smoke,” with Cam Newton.
“For my mental health, my mental well-being, for my kids, let me just put this on ice for a little [bit]. It’s not that I retired permanently. It’s more like, I just don’t feel like I want to move another inch for a company,” she said.
Film & Television
Teyana Taylor has had an extensive film and television career. Currently, she can be seen on her own reality show, “We Got Love: Teyana & Iman.” But prior to that, she starred in such TV shows as “Star,” “The Breaks,” and “Hit The Floor.”
As far as films, she recently starred in “Coming 2 America,” the sequel to the Eddie Murphy classic. But prior to that, she starred in “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” where she starred opposite Bow Wow and Lauren London, and immortalized “BYROOOOOOOON!” into the pop culture lexicon.
In 2018, Harlem World Magazine reported that Teyana Taylor had opened Junie Bee’s Nail Salon. Unfortunately, with the pandemic being what it is, the salon closed its original doors in 2020. However, Taylor said that the business itself will continue — just in a different location, and in a building that she, herself, will own.
“Junie Bees strives to excel as a Black-owned business and now its time to OWN A BLOCK!” she said. “We will be providing a BIGGER and better atmosphere that will support all of your needs!! During this time we’re embracing the movement as BLACK LIVES MATTER & BLACK BUSINESSES!! We will no longer be renting.”
Teyana Taylor is also the owner of a fitness app & program called Fade2Fit. For $19.99 a month — less than the cost of a gym membership — you get personalized workouts, a custom meal plan made for your lifestyle, plus unlimited streaming options. Fade2Fit also has a clothing line.
"The Aunties" Production Company
In January 2021, REVOLT TV revealed that Teyana Taylor secured five acres of property for Aunties 360, which will provide services such as production, dance, recording, prop studios, equipment, and 360 green screen rooms for creatives.
That was just the latest move that was part of her larger collective known as “The Aunties,” which has already produced videos for the likes of Queen Naija…and of course, Taylor herself.
“The Aunties is more than just a sisterhood, but we nurture artists like ourselves, artists that visualize the unseen, touch the untouchable and try what most would consider unthinkable. We represent opportunity, for the best of the best had an opportunity to start,” Taylor said on her Instagram page about the collective.
In 2018, Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert plopped just a hair under $3 million down on a luxurious 5,700-square-foot home in Studio City, CA. In August 2020, they listed the property for sale for $3.695 million, per The Los Angeles Times. Boasting five bedrooms and five bathrooms, the compound was built in 2017 and features a custom dog house, a “Zen” themed backyard with fountains and a pool, and a sleek ultra-modern design.
In August 2021, E! News was on-hand to take a tour of the couple’s new Atlanta, GA digs. The pair moved to Atlanta in November 2020, shortly after they put their Studio City digs up for sale. The mansion is “Pop Art-inspired,” according to the outlet, and Taylor worked closely with the designers to bring her vision to life.