Gracing the cover of the latest issue of PAPER Magazine is Teyana Taylor. Signing with Pharrell’s Star TrakEntertainment at 16 and flexing her choreography skills for Beyoncé’s “Ring the Alarm” video, the 25-year-old Harlem native has hustled her way through the culture for longer than the world may realize. While Taylor’s setbacks since her career’s inception in 2007 might have overshadowed her (namely a now-resolved beef with Rihanna), she has come out more ready to shine than ever.

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