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Niki Taylor

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Date of Birth:05 March 1975
Birthplace:Pembroke Pines, Florida
First Name:Niki
Last Name:Taylor
Height:5' 11" (180 cm)
Eye Color:Hazel
Hair Color:Blonde
Star Sign:Pisces
Claim to Fame:Youngest model on Vogue cover
Religion:Born-Again Christian
Occupation Category:Model
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Biography for Niki Taylor

Nicole Renee "Niki" Taylor (born Mar. 5, 1975 (46 years ago)) is an American model.

Early life

Nicole ("Niki") Renee Taylor was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Ken and Barbara Taylor, a Broward Sheriff's Deputy and a photographer, respectively. She was raised in Pembroke Pines, Florida and attended Cooper City High School. She has an older sister, Joelle, and had a younger sister, Kristen ("Krissy"), a fellow model, who died of arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia on Jul. 2, 1995 (26 years ago), at the age of 17.

Modeling career

When she was 13, Taylor signed with Irene Marie Models in South Florida. There she met photographer Jean Renard, who later became her manager. She subsequently won a Fresh Faces contest in New York City and a $500,000 modeling contract.

Taylor's first magazine cover was an issue of Seventeen (Aug. 1989 (32 years ago)) at the age 14. The following year, at 15, she graced the cover of Vogue. Her official website, and numerous articles and TV shows claim that she was the youngest model ever to appear on the cover of Vogue. However, the record belongs to Brooke Shields (8 walls), who was 14 years and 9 months old when her Feb. 1980 (41 years ago) issue came out.

In 1991 (30 years ago), Taylor was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People, wearing a bright orange one-piece bathing suit with long, lime-green gloves on the beach. The following year, Taylor became the first spokesmodel under 18 to sign a major contract with CoverGirl and she became a feature in their national advertising campaign. Some of her other ad campaigns have been for Liz Claiborne; Nokia; Ellen Tracy; L'Oréal; GAP, Lee Jeans; Rampage clothes, and Pantene. Taylor also simultaneously had six enormous billboards in NYC's Times Square, for Liz Claiborne.

In May 1996 (25 years ago), she set a record by appearing on the cover of the six major American women's fashion and fitness magazines in the same month: Allure, Vogue, ELLE, Marie Claire, Self, and Shape. They have become known as the "Niki Six." Taylor appeared in the 1997 (24 years ago), 1998 (23 years ago) and 1999 (22 years ago) editions of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, as well as on the 1998 (23 years ago) cover of its swimsuit calendar. Taylor has been on the cover of over 400 magazines to date.

Taylor is currently represented by New York Model Management.

Business Ventures

Outside of modeling, Taylor was once an interviewer for segments of the syndicated program, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. She also covered events for NBC and guest-hosted MTV's Fashionably Loud.

In the late 1990s, it was announced that Niki would work on a line of clothing, bearing her name, for Target. After only a few pieces, the line was suddenly dropped.

Niki also appeared in Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You" music video in 2002 (19 years ago). Niki and Keith dated quietly from 2002-2004. There appears to be no paparazzi photos of them together.

In Jul. 2005 (16 years ago), Niki Taylor opened a clothing store, Abbie and Jesse's, in Franklin, Tennessee with her manager and friend Lou Taylor (no relation).. The store was named after Niki and Lou's dogs.

In the fall of 2005 (16 years ago), Niki launched her first fragrance, "Begin by Niki Taylor." She also founded the Begin Foundation for the Advancement of Women in Business. Niki introduced the finalists on friend and co-Cover Girl spokesmodel Tyra Banks (4 walls) talkshow in 2007 (14 years ago).

Niki and male supermodel Tyson Beckford co-hosted the new Bravo series Make Me A Supermodel. It premiered on Jan. 10, 2008 (13 years ago). Although the show was renewed for a second season, Taylor did not return as co-host. .

Personal Life

A few months after graduating from high school in the fall of 1993 (28 years ago), Taylor met former Miami Hooters linebacker Matt Martinez during a coin-toss at an Arena football game in Miami. Three months later, in Jan. 1994 (27 years ago), they eloped in Las Vegas. On Jul. 19, 1994 (27 years ago), a 4-months-pregnant Taylor married Martinez in a more traditional wedding ceremony in McCammon, Idaho. In dec. 1994 (27 years ago), the couple had twin sons, Jake and Hunter. Less than two years later, Taylor and Martinez divorced. During a 1997 (24 years ago) TV interview, Taylor told reporter Nancy Collins, on ABC's Primetime Live, that she rushed into marriage at age 18: "I didn't know him, and he didn't know me."[cite this quote]

Taylor went on to date NHL hockey player Rob Niedermayer, Miami "night club king" and convicted mobster[citation needed] Chris Paciello, Chad Renegar, and country music artist Keith Urban, whom she met on the set of Urban's 2002 (19 years ago) music video "Somebody Like You". Taylor and her twin sons later moved from South Florida to Nashville, Tennessee to be with Urban. They dated on-and-off until dec. 2004 (17 years ago).

In Oct. 2006 (15 years ago), (nine years after her "rushed" first marriage ended) Taylor became engaged to NASCAR driver Burney Lamar after just three dates. Their wedding was on dec. 27, 2006 (15 years ago), at the Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, California. Instead of gifts, the couple asked for donations to be sent to Victory Junction Gang Camp, a camp for terminally ill children in North Carolina.

Taylor lives with her husband and sons in a French colonial house on 7 acres (28,000 m2) in Brentwood, Tennessee..

Taylor and Lamar's first child together, daughter Ciel Taylor Lamar, was born on Mar. 4, 2009 (12 years ago), one day before Taylor's 34th birthday. A pregnant Taylor, her sons, and Lamar were featured in a Mar. 2009 (12 years ago) magazine advertisement for Sketchers Footwear.


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