Mikki Taylor


Mikki Taylor

Author, Speaker, Executive Producer | Editor-at-Large, Essence Magazine

Mikki Taylor is the leading authority on inner and outer beauty for women of color. A compelling empowerment speaker, Taylor emboldens women to own their lives, celebrate their beauty and master their purpose with distinction. She has authored several books, including the critically acclaimed Self-Seduction: Your Ultimate Path to Inner and Outer Beauty; Commander-in-Chic: Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady and her latest, Editor in Chic, How to Style and Be Your Most Empowered Self.


As the former Beauty & Cover Director at ESSENCE magazine, she casted and produced over 500 covers as well as its signature beauty pages to affirm and inspire the culture’s definition of beauty. Today she serves as the publication’s Editor-at-Large, hosting its audience at live events such as the ESSENCE Festival’s PowerStage and Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey. Taylor, who has over 30 years experience in media, has made telling the stories of women of color her life’s work because of her strong desire to bring the beauty, strengths and amazing complexities of womanhood to life.  What began as short films for ESSENCE, where Taylor directed cover subjects and spotlight stories on shoots, blossomed into a turn as a cast member in the iconic fashion documentary “Versailles 73” and a role in the community outreach and marketing for the film. It led to Taylor’s launch of a slate of films for the newly formed Mikki Taylor production shingle, Satin Doll Films, which is dedicated to telling unexpected stories about women of color.


As a voting member of the Screen Actors Guild, (SAG-Aftra), Taylor continues her commitment to supporting the acting community, and influencing the changing representation in film and television.  She has appeared on Good Morning America, NBC Today, The View, Steve Harvey Show and such networks as CNN, CBS, OWN and BET.  


Taylor has worked with some of the world’s most fascinating and influential people including Rosa Parks, Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey and more.  Among Taylor’s most treasured experiences was the joy of serving as an instructor at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa at the special invitation of Oprah Winfrey; speaking at the 2018 De Beers Global Women’s Summit in Botswana on consumer engagement and receiving the National Urban League Trailblazer Award in July 2019