A quick trip down the hall took Teyana from one 97.9 to another, as she sat in the Dallas affiliate’s studio with Veda Loca. After loosening things up by mispronouncing “Teyana,” the tone is completely different. The talk runs the gambit from her maturity at age 22, to her music, to hair weaves. It seems more like two old friends talking, rather than a first meeting. Finally, talk turns to people reselling the Harlem GLC where Teyana reiterates her displeasure. “It hurts my heart, because there are kids that wanted them, but are unfortunate. Those sneakers were $140. They’re on eBay for $1,200 already with 100 bids on them. I just can’t condone that. If you divide 140 into 1200, that could have been more people with sneakers.” Veda responds to the genuine disappointment by suggesting her next job be to “save the world.” Teyana replies with a straight face, “My next job is going to be to make sure I have enough sneakers for everybody.” Then she laughs and adds, “but I plan on saving the world, too.”
Radio spots are over. Everyone is back in the Suburban, and the realization of the day’s magnitude is starting to creep into minds of all involved. The ride is completely silent. Oddly enough, Teyana remains the coolest of the bunch as she hums flawlessly, and fittingly, along to Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire.” In true TT fashion, she says the only thing on her mind a little over an hour away from showtime is “how long this person is going to take doing my makeup. Honey, I hope it isn’t packed in there. Ain’t nobody got time for that!” The crew gets a kick out the nod to Sweet Brown, and the monotony is broken.
Arriving at the M.A.C. store in Rice Village, Teyana breaks the news that she also had a “Harlem Night” lipstick line with Ka’Oir Cosmetics that dropped today. Still only taking peeks up from her phone, its clear she plans to take over the world of female fashion one element at a time. For now, her eyebrows are a more pressing matter. “I’m just going to get my eyes done first to make sure she knows what she’s doing. Then, we’ll go from there.”
After ten minutes of perusing the selections, choices are made and Teyana sits in the chair. Phone still in hand, the artist skillfully maneuvers without skipping a beat. Small talk occurs between the two ladies before Teyana realizes her phone has been as busy as she has been, and also like her, was running low on fuel. She asks Davon to retrieve her charger and a McDonald’s meal (10-piece Chicken McNuggets with a McCafe Mango Pineapple smoothie to be exact) as the makeup artist provides finishes touches. She had no idea she was participating in a live audition.