LOOK­ING UP

Fashion (Canada) - - Style - —Jac­que­lyn Fran­cis

Ev­ery­one knows that mod­els are ge­net­i­cally blessed, but it’s still a sur­prise to learn that ’90s su­per­model Niki Tay­lor is 43 years old. Since burst­ing onto the modelling scene at 13, Tay­lor has done a lot of liv­ing. In 1996, she made fash­ion history by ap­pear­ing on the cover of six ma­jor Amer­i­can mag­a­zines in one month. But af­ter a near-fa­tal car crash in 2001, Tay­lor is a glow­ing ex­am­ple of some­one who knows they’re lucky to be alive. Maybe that’s why she bris­tles when she’s re­ferred to as a su­per­model. “I think every­body takes up the term of su­per­model,” she says while in Toronto to shoot the Up! Pants Fall 2018 look book, adding that as a mother of four, she’d rather be known as a su­per­mom try­ing to jug­gle a fam­ily, a ca­reer and close-to-her­heart char­i­ties like the Red Cross. “For over 10 years now, I’ve been en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to roll up their sleeves and give back,” she says. “I owe my life to blood donors.”

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