Nicole Renee Taylor aka Niki Taylor (5 March 1975) was one of the top models of the early 1990s. Along with her sister Krissy, she appeared with all the top supermodels of the day. Niki has a distinctive beauty mark above her lip which gives her a distinctive look.
|Niki Taylor ,Vogue UK, 1992.|
Niki is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and always wanted to become a model. She was one of three girls, with Joelle (older) and Krissy (younger).
At age 13, the was accepted by a Florida agency. From there, she won a Fresh Faces contest in New York. The $500,000 modelling contract sent her on her way.
By 1991, at the age of 16, Niki was president of her own company, Niki, Inc. However, she stayed in school, studying special effects for film and TV after she graduated from high school.
She was the youngest model to sign a major cosmetics contract with L'Oréal for CoverGirl in 1995. She was the youngest model to win such a contract at the time.
Allure US May 1996
Naturally, she has appeared on covers around the world for the past 25 years, including the following sampling:
US: 'Vogue' - April 1991; 'Glamour' - May 1991; 'Allure' - September 1991; 'Seventeen' - January 1992; 'Harper´s Bazaar' - May 1992; 'Cosmopolitan' - January 1993; 'Seventeen' - January 1993; 'YM Young & Modern' - March 1993; 'Cosmopolitan' - June 1994; 'Teen' - April 1994; 'Vogue' - April 1994; 'Ocean Drive' - July 1995; 'YM Young & Modern' - September 1995; 'Allure' - March, May & October 1996; 'Cosmopolitan' - April 1996; 'Elle' - May & December 1996; 'Glamour' - July & October 1996; 'Harper's Bazaar' - February & August 1996; 'Mademoiselle' - March 1996; 'Marie Claire' - May 1996; 'Sassy' - July 1996; 'Self' - May 1996; 'Shape' - June 1996; 'Vogue' - May 1996; 'Allure' - February, June & October 1997; 'Elle' - August 1997; 'Mademoiselle' - January 1997; 'Marie Claire' - April 1997, July & October 1997; 'Ocean Drive' - September 1997; Allure' - April 1998; 'Cosmopolitan' - March 1998; 'Ocean Drive' - July 8, 1998; 'Yahoo Internet Life' - October 1998; 'Shape' April 1999; 'Gear' - Fall 1999; 'Mademoiselle' - July 2000; 'Shape' - June 2000; 'Self' - August 2000; 'People' - June 04, 2001; 'Allure' - February 2002; 'Redbook' - February 2002; 'Shape' - March 2003; 'Shape' - December 2005; 'In Style Weddings' - Winter 2007; 'Modern Dog' - Fall 2010
Sadly, in July 1995, her younger sister Krissy (another promising model) passed away from asthma complications.
In 1991, Niki was named as one of People magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People' and released her own calendar for several years. She appeared in the 1997, 1998 & 1999 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editions.
|March 1998 cover with Niki Taylor.|
She appeared in the prestigious 'Sports Illustrated Knockouts: Five Decades of Swimsuit Photography' book. She was photographed often by Steven Meisel.
She has always loved dolphins, and got a dolphin tattoo on her ankle. Niki took singing and dance classes as a child, and they paid off when she appeared in Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You" music video. Niki has a beautiful website of her own.
|Niki Taylor • Sante D’Orazio • Vogue UK, “Denim Now”, February 1992.|
Niki was involved in a serious car crash in 2001 when her car, driven by her then-boyfriend, smashed into a utility pole. Niki incurred major internal injuries, required 100 units of blood, and was left in a coma for six weeks. She made a full recovery, and Niki later worked with American Red Cross and Nexcare Bandages for the sixth-annual Nexcare give program, which thanks blood donors and inspires others to "give," in celebration of World Blood Donor Day on June 14, 2014.
|Niki Taylor with her dogs Ace and Jessie.|
Niki Taylor has been married twice. She married former Miami Hooters linebacker Matt Martinez in 1993, and they had twin sons, Jake and Hunter. The couple divorced soon after. Niki later married NASCAR driver Burney Lamar on December 27, 2006, at the Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, California. They have two children, daughter Ciel Taylor Lamar, born on March 4, 2009, and son Rex Harrison Lamar on November 11, 2011.
Many fans assumed that Niki had retired to raise her family. For a bunch of years, she had no major credits following a 2011 appearance on Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice." However, that does not make Niki a "failure," as she claimed a certain celebrity-oriented cable network show misrepresented on one of its shows. Niki sued, and then settled out of court with the network. Appearances that she had retired in fact proved to be completely false - it turned out that Niki had just taken a break to raise her two youngest children.
|Niki Taylor with Ashley Graham and Teyana Taylor in Swimsuits For All's summer 2017 campaign.|
In 2017, Niki returned to the modelling scene in a big way, appearing in Swimsuits For All’s latest summer campaign alongside plus-size model Ashley Graham and singer and dancer Teyana Taylor. Niki's back and better than ever!