Niki Taylor

Niki Taylor
Niki Taylor
Born Nicole Renee Taylor
March 6, 1975 (1975-03-06) (age 36)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Hazel
Measurements 34.5-25-34.5 (US)
87-64-87 (EU)
Spouse Matt Martinez (1994–1996, twin sons Jake and Hunter)
Burney Lamar (2006–present, 2 children, daughter Ciel Taylor Lamar and son Rex Harrison Lamar)

Nicole Renee "Niki" Taylor (born March 5, 1975) is an American model.


Early life

Taylor was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Ken and Barbara Taylor, a highway patrol lieutenant 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, Krissy, a fellow model, who died of arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia on July 2, 1995, 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 (August 1989) at 14. The following year, at 15, she graced the cover of Vogue.

In 1991, 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 younger than 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, Taylor appeared 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. She appeared in the 1997 and 1998 editions of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and was the cover-model of the 1998 Sports Illustrated swimsuit calendar.

Other 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 July 2005, Taylor opened a clothing store, Abbie and Jesse's, in Franklin, Tennessee, with her manager and friend Lou Taylor (no relation).[1]

In the fall of 2005, Taylor launched her first fragrance, "Begin by Niki Taylor." She also founded the Begin Foundation for the Advancement of Women in Business. In 2007, Niki introduced the finalists on friend and co–Cover Girl spokesmodel Tyra Banks's talkshow. Taylor and male model Tyson Beckford co-hosted the new Bravo series Make Me a Supermodel. It premiered on January 10, 2008.[2] Although the show was renewed for a second season, Taylor did not return as co-host, as she was pregnant during the filming of the second season.[3]

Taylor became a contestant on the fourth edition of The Celebrity Apprentice on March 6th, 2011. In the first task, Taylor was considered the star performer by her team, and was even rewarded $35,000 for her charity (American Red Cross) because of her efforts. On March 20th, she became the third person to be fired. Taylor had been the project manager for her team's third task, and when they lost, she humbly took accountability for their defeat, and did not even choose two people to come with her to the boardroom, wishing to not instigate any conflict within her team. Donald Trump commented how he had a lot of respect for Taylor to take responsibility for the loss, but he still fired her. She returned for the May 1st, 2011 episode to help the Men's Team, Team Backbone, in a Hair Show Task.

Personal life

A few months after graduating from high school in the fall of 1993, Taylor met former Miami Hooters linebacker Matt Martinez during a coin-toss at an Arena football game in Miami. Three months later, in January 1994, they eloped to Las Vegas. On July 19, 1994, a 4-months-pregnant Taylor married Martinez in a more traditional wedding ceremony in McCammon, Idaho. In December 1994, the couple had twin sons, Jake and Hunter. Less than two years later, Taylor and Martinez divorced.

Taylor went on have several other high profile relationships with NHL hockey player Rob Niedermayer, Chris Paciello, and country music artist Keith Urban, whom she met on the set of Urban's 2002 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 December 2004. The following month, Urban met actress Nicole Kidman and consequently ended his relationship with Taylor.

In October 2006, Taylor became engaged to NASCAR driver Burney Lamar after just three dates upon meeting at an autograph session in January 2006.[4] Their wedding was on December 27, 2006, 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.[5]

Taylor and Lamar's first child together, daughter Ciel Taylor Lamar, was born on March 4, 2009, one day before Taylor's 34th birthday.[6] Taylor lives with her husband and daughter in a French colonial house on 7 acres (28,000 m2) in Brentwood, Tennessee.[7] On November 16, 2011, Taylor gave birth to her second child with Lamar, a son named Rex Harrison Lamar. [8]

Health struggles

On May 2, 2001, Taylor was critically injured in a car accident in Atlanta, Georgia. The driver, her then-boyfriend Chad Renegar, was attempting to answer his cell phone when he lost control of the car and smashed into a utility pole.[9]

Taylor was wearing her shoulder belt but not the lap belt at the time, and she was not thrown from the vehicle. However, she suffered severe internal injuries, including a collapsed lung and serious liver damage. The accident left her unconscious for six weeks and then bedridden for an additional month.

Taylor was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and had approximately 56 operations and substantial physical therapy. This led to a subsequent addiction to Percocet, a prescription painkiller[10] and she went to rehab in that same year for treatment.


On January 29, 2007, Taylor filed a federal lawsuit against E! Entertainment for slander and emotional distress, regarding their profile of her in the TV series Boulevard of Broken Dreams.[11] She alleged that the producers promised to promote her successes but instead misrepresented her as a failure whose life has been filled with misfortune. The complaint stated that "The first a false portrayal of Ms. Taylor as being continually plagued by ill fortune and tragedy".[12] The lawsuit indicated that the documentary alarmed a cosmetics company whom she was negotiating to start a cosmetics line with[13], and the lawsuit was settled out of court.


  1. ^ Callaway, Libby (2005-08-04). Niki Taylor has always kept the faith, from the runways of Paris to her new boutique in Cool Springs.
  2. ^ "Niki Taylor, Tyson Beckford to host Bravo's 'Make Me a Supermodel'". Reality TV 2007-10-22. 
  3. ^ Niki Taylor, Judges Dropped from Make Me a Supermodel 2, January 7, 2009
  4. ^ "Niki Taylor Engaged". US magazine. 2006-10-10. Archived from the original on 2007-03-06. Retrieved 2007-06-02. 
  5. ^ "Model Niki Taylor Weds NASCAR Driver". People magazine. 2006-12-29.,,20005541,00.html. Retrieved 2007-06-02. 
  6. ^ It's a Girl for Niki Taylor! People, March 4, 2009
  7. ^ "Niki Taylor Picks Motherhood Over Modeling". 2006-07-22.,26334,1217423,00.html. 
  8. ^ "Niki Taylor Welcomes Son Rex Harrison". 2011-11-16. 
  9. ^ "Model Niki Taylor out of surgery". CNN. 2001-05-03. Retrieved 2007-06-02. 
  10. ^ Stephen M. Silverman (2001-06-27). "Niki Taylor Begins Physical Rehab". People magazine.,,622151,00.html. Retrieved 2007-06-02. 
  11. ^ "Supermodel Files Lawsuit For E! Profile". 2007-01-30. 
  12. ^ Supermodel Niki Taylor's Lawsuit Against E! Entertainment and E! Networks
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