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Mikki Taylor

2012 Speaker

Mikki Taylor is the quintessential authority on all matters regarding beauty.  For 30 years, Taylor served as ESSENCE Magazine’s groundbreaking beauty and cover director, and is now editor-at-large for the publication.  In addition, she is the founder and president of Mikki Taylor Enterprises, LLC. Most recently, she was national spokesperson for AMBI Skincare. Later this year, she launches her own line of nude nail lacquers for women of color, the Forever Nude Collection by Mikki Taylor.  Taylor has offered beauty and style advice through all types of media, including broadcast, digital and of course, print outlets, which culminated in her wildly successful book, “Self-Seduction: Your Ultimate Path to Inner and Outer Beauty.” This triumph left readers craving more, therefore the sequel, “Commander-in-Chic: Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady.” Taylor has been featured on countless television outlets and received numerous awards. Viewers received a weekly dose of Taylor’s positive influence on VH1’s highest rated debut series “Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School,” which premiered to more than five million viewers. One of Taylor’s most treasured experiences was a trip to South Africa, at the special invitation of Oprah Winfrey, where she served as an instructor to 149 girls ages 12-14, at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls as part of its Arts Workshop 2007.  Taylor is a four-time recipient of the Ceba award, as well as the winner of the Associated Black Charities Image Makers award, ESSENCE Magazine’s Defining Excellence award, and various civic awards and citations in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the empowerment of women around the world.