Profile: Niki Taylor
Birth Date: March 5, 1975
Birth Place: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Height: 5' 11"
Quote: "It’s a lot of work, but I prefer runway work. It’s quicker, and more like a performance."
Niki Taylor Biography
Niki Taylor was born in Fort Lauderdale, Miami on March 5, 1975. She has two sisters, Joelle and Krissy, and was always extremely close to her family including her parents, Ken and Barbara.
As an aspiring marine biologist, Taylor's career plans took a different route after her mother sent photos of the then 13-year old beauty to a Florida modeling agency. The agency signed her, and it didn't take long for Taylor's beautiful face to appear on the pages of French catalogues and magazines such as Seventeen, when she was only thirteen years old.
The hazel-eyed, statuesque beauty broke several records in her freshman days as a model. Taylor became the youngest model ever to sign a multi-million dollar contract, when she became a L'Oreal spokesperson and Cover Girl's newest face at age 17. Taylor also holds the title of the youngest person to appear on the cover of the high fashion magazine Vogue.
By the time Taylor was 16 years of age, she had made her first million. She has appeared in over 160 magazines, including: Allure, Cosmopolitan, the American, Thai and Italian editions of Elle, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, Mademoiselle, the Australian, Italian, British, and American editions of Marie Claire, Sassy, Shape, and Yahoo Internet Life.
Taylor has modeled for companies such as Gap, Lee Riveted, Liz Claiborne, Nokia, Zum Zum, and the ever-so-popular Victoria's Secret, whose advertising campaign helped solidify the modeling careers of fellow models Stephanie Seymour, Helena Christensen, Tyra Banks, and Laetitia Casta.
When not appearing in ads and on magazine covers, Taylor was strutting her stuff on the catwalks of such fashion houses as Chanel, Chloe, Givenchy, and Calvin Klein.
Like most other models, such as Elle MacPherson and Sofia Vergara, Niki Taylor released her own calendar, giving men worldwide the pleasure of seeing her every day of the year. She can also be seen in the 1997 and 1998 issues of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition.
Though she is very a very sucessful model, modeling is not Taylor's only day job. She is also the head and founder of her own company, Niki Inc., and the mother of twin sons Jake and Hunter. (Taylor was married to football player Matt Martinez, the father of her sons.)
Taylor spends her free time jet skiing, scuba diving, swimming, exercising,
kick-boxing, and practicing yoga.
She also enjoys cooking and would prefer a home-cooked meal to a fancy restaurant any day.
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