Supermodel Niki Taylor has had a career marked with its share of triumphs - and tragedies. Niki was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on on March 5, 1975. At 13, she signed with a South Florida modeling agency, Irene Marie Models and that same year won a Fresh Faces contest in New York, which won her $500,000 and a professional modeling contract. Niki landed her first magazine cover, Seventeen, at the age of 16 and at 17, was the second-youngest model to ever grace the cover (that honor belongs to Brooke Shields, who made the cover at 14.) By this time, Niki was a millionaire, serving as president of her own company, Niki, Inc. Sadly, in 1995, Niki's younger sister Krissy, also a model, passed away from a cardiac disorder at the age of 17. After getting over the loss of her sister, in May of 1996, Niki set a record by appearing on the cover of six major women's magazines in the same month: Allure, Vogue, ELLE, Marie Claire, Self, and Shape - dubbed the 'Niki Six'. Niki's face has been featured on over 400 magazine covers worldwide, she has appeared in ad campaigns for such products as Cover Girl, L'Oreal and Pantene and has posed in the 1997, 1998 and 1999 editions of Sports Illustrated's famous swimsuit issue. In 2002, she was involved in a near-fatal car crash in Atlanta, Georgia. The accident left her unconscious for six weeks and she suffered severe internal injuries, including a collapsed lung and serious liver damage. During her treatment, she underwent 56 operations, and spent months in physical therapy. Since then, Niki gave birth to twin sons, Jake and Hunter, with ex-husband Matt Martinez and married NASCAR driver Burney Lamar on December 27, 2006. Most recently, she hosted the Bravo reality series Make Me A Supermodel with fellow model Tyson Beckford. Although she's hardly had a model life, Niki is a survivor.
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