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Teyana Taylor, Rihanna and Other Celebrity Tomboys

Sat., Aug. 25, 2012 9:34 AM EDT
by Danielle Canada

Teyana Taylor Says She Deserves Credit for the Tomboy Trend

Singer Teyana Taylor caused a stir online in recent week; not for her continuous stream of uninspired music, but for her comments on the tomboy style trend she says she helped make cool. Taylor, 21, gave a recent interview to Complex Magazine to speak on the streetwear style several artists have been sporting. According to her, they have her to thank for making the look acceptable.

“When I came in the game, it wasn’t okay to be a girl and wear sneakers and hats and streetwear,” said Taylor. “They called me gay. Now the tomboy thing, it’s sexy. Rihanna and Rita Ora are fly and sexy. I’m happy I was able to pave that way.” “I love seeing our artists dressed like that,” she added. “You ain’t gay if you throw on sneakers and a hat. Nobody can take that away from me and say, “Oh, she didn’t start that trend.”

 

Taylor later penned a lengthy letter explaining that she acknowledges that TLC, Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah and X-Scape also dressed in the tomboy style, but when she began her career in 2005, she brought the style back.

Taylor has since been blasted for her comments, in particular by Rihanna fans who accused her of being jealous of the singer’s success. Not so says the G.O.O.D. music signee who has since laughed off the criticism. “I get a kick out seeing how mad y’all be getting at me,” wrote Taylor. “Lmao shit be funny a– f—.” So what did Rihanna have to say about the topic? In true Rihanna fashion she’s completely ignored the comments and is instead writing profanity laced tweets asking fans to vote for her at the Video Music Awards.

Besides these two trendsetters, what other celebs have been lauded for being tomboys? Check out a few more below. -danielle canada

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