30 August, 2016 - NME.com
Teyana Taylor, singer and star of Kanye West's new 'Fade' video, has explained how she came to appear in the clip, also revealing that the choreography was originally meant for Beyonce.
The NSFW 'Fade' video, which West premiered at the MTV VMAs on Sunday night (August 29), shows up-and-coming G.O.O.D Music artist Taylor performing a Flashdance-style aerobic routine before morphing into a lioness.
Speaking to Vogue, Taylor revealed how West offered her the part when they were recording in the same studio.
Taylor went on to reveal how the routine was originally created for Beyoncé's 2011 single 'End of Time'. "[Beyoncé] loved it but she wound up not being able to use it because she was pregnant, but back then the world didn’t know. All this time that choreography was just sitting there," Taylor said.
KANYE WEST x FADE // Starring @TeyanaTaylorhttps://t.co/10d6YSytJP— black excellence (@goafgang) August 29, 2016
On the bizarre "catface" moment that concludes the clip, Taylor said: "[Kanye] was just like, 'I’m going to put you in this cat face. It’s going to be chic'. I thought, 'This crazy mother-effer. He’s got 15 sheep in this gym right now, with poop all over the place.'"
Taylor is joined at the end of the video by a baby and her husband, professional basketball star Iman Shumpert. Referring to the video's shower scene with her husband, Taylor added: "To have that moment with him, only made that moment so much sexier, so much more genuine, so much more pure". She also called her daughter Junie "the coolest baby on Earth".
Watch the clip in full above.