Taylor Uses Personal Tragedies to
October 6, 2005
She's the courageous cover girl who survived
a near-fatal crash, the sudden death of her sister and
a sobering addiction to pain killers. Now, Niki Taylor
is baring her soul to "Extra," revealing how
she triumphed over her tragedies.
Few would have predicted Taylor's remarkable recovery
from the accident four years ago that left her on the
brink of death with massive internal injuries.
"I couldn't speak," Taylor recalled. "I
had a tracheotomy, and I couldn't move. It was everybody's
prayers and amazing doctors that got me through all
But most of all, it was Taylor's twin sons who helped
keep her hope alive. "Jake and Hunter were a big
part of me getting better and pushing me to start walking
and using my hands," Taylor said.
And after nearly three months in the hospital and many
more months of therapy, Taylor made a life-altering
decision to expand her career. Not only did she open
a trendy clothing store near her Tennessee home, she
also designed her own fragrance and started a foundation
called Begin, which encourages other women on her Web
site to start their own businesses.
"I love being my own boss," Taylor admitted.
And recently, after a trip to Southeast Asia, the 30-year-old
beauty became a spokeswoman for a group trying to stop
the shocking sex slave business. "I wanted to learn,
and I wanted to hear from these girls," Taylor
said. "Also, what they've been through, it just
So it seems that Niki Taylor is proving she's not only
a survivor, she's also an inspiration. "I'm really
in the best place I've ever been," she said. "I
feel like I've been given another chance at life."