Thirty Beautiful Years of Mikki Taylor

If there's one thing that Mikki Taylor knows, it's beauty. For the past thirty years, she's honored us with her ever expanding knowledge of everything black women need to know when it comes to our skin, hair and makeup. When she's not jet setting around the globe shooting some of the top celebrities in the game, she can be found at her desk in the ESSENCE offices discussing the latest and greatest in beauty products in order to make sure that only the best are always included in the pages of the magazine. Because, after all, "we must always make time for the lipsticks", she would often say to me. ("Lipsticks" being her code name for beauty products.) I'm honored to have worked so closely with her for the two years out of the 30 that she's given to us. I, along with several other of the top beauty executives and brands mentioned here, salute you Mikki Taylor. Here's to many more years of the "lipsticks!"
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 10, 2010

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“I’m honored to have worked so closely with Mikki Taylor for the two years out of the 30 that she’s given to us. I, along with several other of the top beauty executives and brands mentioned here, salute you Mikki Taylor. Here’s to many more years of the ‘lipsticks!’”

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“Dear Mikki: Congratulations on this auspicious milestone—30 beautiful and successful years at ESSENCE! We treasure your friendship and are proud to celebrate You and this special moment.”—Evelyn and Leonard Lauder

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“Dear Mikki: Congratulations on 30 years of leadership, vision and excellence in beauty. We celebrate this important milestone and look forward to many more great years ahead!”—Maureen Case, President, La Mer, Jo Malone

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“Congratulations Mikki. Your name is synonymous with beauty. Kiehl’s hopes to work with you for another 30 years, and then some”—Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s

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“Hey Mikk: So I know that you started your career as an extremely talented pre-schooler in order to have spent 30 years at ESSENCE. Just a note to say congratulations. You are a fabulous force in our industry and I’m in awe of this amazing milestone.”—Susan Akkad, SVP Corporate Marketing, Diversity, Estee Lauder Companies

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“Congratulations, Mikki! Smooth ‘N Shine commends you on 30 years of great success at Essence Magazine. We appreciate all you have done to empower African American women, and are thankful to have a partner in you to help spread the message of beauty from the inside out. We wish you continued success in your role as Beauty Director and look forward to following you in all your beauty endeavors!”—The Smooth ‘N Shine Team

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“Dear Mikki: For 30 years, you’ve been guiding generations of women to be beautiful and confident. I hope you realize what a positive impact you’ve made in this world—for women, for African Americans, and professionals in the beauty business. We would not be who we are without you. Thank you and congratulations on your 30th anniversary!”—Anitra Marsh, Global External Relations Manager, COVERGIRL Cosmetics

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“Mikki: Congratulations on your 30th year! You’re the best!”—Bobbi Brown, Founder, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

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“Mikki: Congratulations on this monumental achievement! You have made working together a joy. Here’s to many more!”—Motions

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“Dear Mikki: Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 30 years!! You are the epitome of beauty, style and grace, and I can’t thank you enough for bringing an inspiring vision of beauty to everyday women. Thank you for being an inspiration, mentor and friend to me and the COVERGIRL team. You are, and always will be, our Cover Girl! Congratulations!”—Esi Eggleston Bracey, Global Vice President, P&G Cosmetics

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“Congratulations Mikki on 30 wonderful years at Essence! Your hard work and dedication shine through with each and every issue. Revel in this moment and be proud of such an amazing accomplishment. Thank you for always supporting our brands, and we look forward to many more covers and stories! ”—Raphael Yousri, President, and your friends at Alès Group, USA (Phyto, Lierac and Caron)

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“Mikki, 30 years!!! You are a beauty icon and force that spans our times. You are a friend, an inspiration and a class act. All my best wishes for another 30 years.”—John Demsey, Group President, The Estee Lauder Companies

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“Mikki: You continuously enlighten us with all of your knowledge and stories. Here’s to many more years of flawless beauty!”—Your Friends at AMBI Skincare

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“Dear Mikki: Congratulations! You are the true ESSENCE of what beauty stands for. We applaud your many successes and are honored to celebrate your 30-year anniversary with you.”—William Lauder and your friends at The Estée Lauder Companies

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“Mikki: Since this is a special occasion, I can make a little confession. When I first met you over dinner three years ago, I felt like I was meeting the Wizard of Oz. Here I was about one month into the job as COVERGIRL Marketing Director meeting the legendary Mikki Taylor. Today, I’m still in awe. Mikki, for 30 years you have harnessed the power of beauty to change the way we look at a magazine, at ourselves and at each other. Here’s to another 30 years, Mikki! Congratulations.”—Vince Hudson, North America General Manager, P&G Cosmetics

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“Dear Mikki: Thirty years of success, accomplishment, accolades, headlines, deadlines, speeches, sales meetings, publishers, editors, writers, photo shoots, advertisers, the beauty closet, high heels, press events,…so much incredible influence on your readers. We congratulate you with much admiration and respect!”—Sharon Collier, President/CEO, Laura Mercier

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“Congratulations, Mikki on this extraordinary milestone. Your elegance and expertise have inspired millions of readers and set the bar on how beauty is defined. We look forward to following you for 30 more years!— Serge Jureidini, President, Lancôme

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“Dear Mikki: Here’s to 30 years of defining the essence of beauty! We appreciate all you have done in inspiring women of color to embrace and own their beauty. So please, keep believing in the beauty that others haven’t yet dared and dreaming the dreams that others haven’t yet imagined. Congratulations!” -Corey Huggins and BLACK OPAL

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“Mikki: Wishing you continued success and all things beautiful in the future.” —Your Friends at LUBRIDERM® Skincare

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“Dear Mikki: Congratulations from Bond No. 9! We love your dedication and passion for fragrances and women empowerment! You have been such an inspiration to me for all the many decades that I have known you. Your smile and elegance are contagious.” —Laurice Rahme, President, Bond No. 9

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“Mikki – Congratulations on your 30th anniversary at ESSENCE. Thanks for all of your hard work in helping to keep us “in the know” on all of the latest and greatest beauty trends!"—Your Friends at AVEENO®

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“Mikki: Congratulations on 30 iconic years. ESSENCE has become a cultural institution for African American women and that is largely because of you. We are so grateful for your support.” —Denis Simioni, Founder, Ojon Corporation

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“Mikki: Congratulations on an amazing 30 years at Essence! You continue to inspire and surprise us!”—Lisa Carvalho, VP President of Public Relations, Maybelline New York-Garnier 

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“Dear Mikki: Cheers to 30 wonderful years with Essence magazine. You and your readers have been such a great supporter of the MAKE UP FOR EVER brand, and we look forward to working with you for many years to come.”—The MAKE UP FOR EVER Team