Is this ‘Empire’ Actress’ Character Based On Teyana Taylor?

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Is this ‘###empire’ Actress’ Character Based On Teyana Taylor? | Chocolate Informed

Serayah McNeill plays Tiana and admitted to HipHollywood that her character was inspired by famous names…

According to:  UPTOWN Magazine and TMZ

Last week, iman Shumpert told TMZ that he believed the smash hit show Empire, which wrapped up its first season last night, was copying characters based off him and his girlfriend Teyana Taylor. According to Iman and Teyana, their friends and fans saw significant similarities between the couple and the fictional Tiana and Hakeem (pictured above), but it turns out there might be a misunderstanding. While the characters seem to resemble both Iman and Teyana, they were actually inspired by other celebrities in the industry.

Serayah McNeill plays Tiana and admitted to HipHollywood that her character was inspired by famous names, but Teyana was not one of them.

“I talked to writers and I talked to producers about my character and about exactly what their view was and they mentioned people, but they didn’t mention them. They mentioned Rihanna, Beyonce…powerful women in the industry,” she said.

Iman caught back up with TMZ last week after he made the original comments. He’s since retracted his statements, saying that he no longer thinks that the television couple is based off him and Tey

 

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