Meet Teyana Taylor, star of the Kanye West 'Fade' video everyone is talking about

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For once, it wasn't Kanye West's words that stood out at the MTV Video Music Awards.

When the rapper took the stage at the 2016 VMAs Sunday night, he delivered a typically tangent-filled speech, defending his "Famous" song's use of Taylor Swift and once again comparing himself to Walt Disney and Steve Jobs. But he also premiered a music video featuring a woman everyone is still talking about.

Teyana Taylor is the dancer seen in the explicit, bizarre, and entrancing music video for "Fade," off of Kanye's album "The Life of Pablo," and many were not familiar with her before seeing the video.

But Taylor is a singer who has put time in the industry, making a name for herself.

Here's everything you need to know about Teyana Taylor:

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Teyana Taylor is an R&B singer who's worked with big names.

Teyana Taylor is an R&B singer who's worked with big names.

The 25-year-old artist from Harlem, New York, signed with Pharrell Williams’ Star Trak Entertainment record label in 2007 under Universal Music Group.

She's now on the roster of Kanye West's GOOD Music label, under Def Jam.

Here's her 2014 video for "Maybe," featuring rappers Pusha T and Yo Gotti. It's almost as steamy as the "Fade" video.

Her debut studio album “VII” came out in 2014. She also released an EP, “The Cassette Tape 1994,” in 2015.

Back in the day, however, she was just Teyana on MTV's "My Super Sweet 16."

She was on the reality show before she got signed to Williams' label, and made her dream old-school hip-hop-themed birthday a reality.

Source: Uproxx

She has a sense of humor.

She has a sense of humor.

After being signed to Good Music, she told MTV with a laugh, "I am the princess of GOOD Music, the first lady of GOOD Music, the baby of GOOD Music. I'm kinda the spoiled brat right now. I could get whatever I want."

Source: The Los Angeles Times

Everyone will remember her for Kanye West's "Fade" video.

Everyone will remember her for Kanye West's "Fade" video.

Her label boss put her front and center in a sensual clip for "Fade," a song from his 2016 album "The Life of Pablo." He premiered the video at the 2016 VMAs.

The video ends with Taylor and NBA star Iman Shumpert from the Cleveland Cavaliers, and in a twist, she suddenly appears like a cat...


...and Taylor is also engaged to Shumpert in real life.

...and Taylor is also engaged to Shumpert in real life.

They have a child together, and he proposed to her at her royalty-themed baby shower.

Watch the proposal above.

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