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Essence Magazine Beauty, Cover Director Retires

Posted: March 24, 2010

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“Mikki is truly an icon at Essence, and we celebrate her accomplishments and thank her for her tremendous contributions,” says Angela Burt-Murray, Essence editor in chief. “As an editor and personality in her own right, she has successfully expanded the boundaries of storytelling to honor the unique beauty of African-American women, and shared her knowledge in order to be of service and inspiration.”

Significant milestones in Taylor’s 30-year career at include producing first-time magazine covers for stars such as Academy Award-winners Halle Berry and Mo’Nique and other empowered women such as Oprah Winfrey and Queen Latifah. Additionally, her recent work with First Lady Michelle Obama and her family on multiple covers has been particularly exceptional. Taylor has motivated global manufacturers to create products of quality for women of color and influenced the product lines of leading cosmetic and skin care companies at all levels.

“Mikki Taylor’s impact cannot be understated—not only in influencing the mind-set of African-American women but in educating the beauty industry with key insights on how to best serve them,” says Essence Communications President Michelle Ebanks. “Mikki has evolved the standard of beauty around the world, and created a one-of-kind experience for women from all walks of life to own and enjoy their exquisite beauty.”

Taylor is also a well-respected motivational speaker, author and voice for beauty worldwide. She has offered beauty and lifestyle advice and commentary on television shows and media outlets such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, TODAY, The Early Show, NBC Nightly News, Extra, Inside Edition, Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance, E! , CNN, TV Guide Channel, VHI, Style Network, Life & Style, WE-TV, the Style Network, Pure Oxygen, BET and TV One. Taylor also served as the host of the TV One series Makeover Manor and as a judge on VH1’s Charm School.