By Jenny Schafer, McClatchy-Tribune
Niki Taylor is one of the most successful international models of all time. The gorgeous mother of three had her twin boys — Jake and Hunter — at the tender age of 19. Now in her mid-thirties and happily married to NASCAR driver Burney Lamar, Niki has become a mom again to daughter Ciel, who turns 2 in March.
The supermodel mom opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about their “crazy” household of raising teens and a toddler, her upcoming appearance on Celebrity Apprentice airing on NBC this March, and her hopes to welcome another child one day.
CBS: How is baby Ciel doing? What is she into?
NT: Baby Ciel is amazing! I am so in love with her. She turns two on March 4 and she is into everything! She has the energy of Jake and Hunter, when they were two, combined. I’m always saying, ‘Don’t touch this,’ or, ‘Put that back.’ Ciel loves “Dora the Explorer,” “Oliva” (on Nick Jr.) and “Timmy Time” (on Disney). She also loves to color and playing with play dough. Although, Burney and I have to watch her with the play dough because she still sometimes tries to eat it and the play dough gets everywhere!
Ciel is a good ‘mommy’ to her dolls. She loves her dolls! She also loves to run and sprint. About a year ago we retired her stroller. The moment she could walk, she did, and would have nothing to do with the stroller. Even when Burney and I are in the airport with her — there she is walking beside me. No stroller!
CBS: How are your boys doing? Are they helpful with their baby sister? What are they into? Have you conquered the ‘tough’ topics with them yet?
NT: Jake and Hunter are your typical 16-year-old boys. They are learning to drive and both have girlfriends. They are in a band called The Tribe of Strews and are really into their music. Their band has an alternative feel to it and they just had their first concert. They get a kick out of Ciel and are very helpful with her. Jake, Hunter, and I have a very open relationship, so we have already covered those ‘tough’ topics.
CBS: What has been your experience with having children in your late teens and then again in your 30s. Did you feel more ‘ready’ for motherhood in your 30s?
NT: In my late teens and 20s I had a lot more energy. It was harder with Jake and Hunter because I had to go straight back to work. Having Ciel in my 30s has been nice, and I can enjoy motherhood more because I don’t have to jump right back into work.
Jake and Hunter were definitely a blessing in my life, but I would advise women to wait until their 30s to have children because in your 30s you know who you are, usually are in an amazing relationship, and know more of what you want for your children.
CBS: What’s it like having kids at both end of the spectrum (toddler and teenagers)?
NT: It is really crazy all the time! There is never a dull moment and I am enjoying my children at all stages; both driving and potty training!
CBS: How do you balance family and a career? Do you have frazzled mom moments?
NT: I don’t really have frazzled mom moments because I have an amazing husband. Burney and I do date night once a week, so that really helps me to not have those ‘frazzled mom moments.’ I also have a sitter that comes when I need a break or just a lunch date with a girlfriend. I think it is important to take that time for yourself.
CBS: You’re one of the most recognizable cover models. How did modeling enrich your life? If your daughter decides to follow in your footsteps, would you support her? What kind of advice would you give her?
NT: Modeling has provided me with so many opportunities and I have truly had a blessed life because of my career. I started working at such a young age, that it has now given me the opportunity to take a step back and just be a mom. I am thankful to modeling for many things, but especially that.
If Ciel decides to step into the modeling world, I would absolutely support her. At this point though, it looks like she is going to be playing some type of sport! She can never sit still and is a tomboy. My advice to Ciel is and will be, as soon as you stop having fun doing an activity, let’s stop doing it.
CBS: How do you and your husband make time for each other with a busy family?
NT: Burney and I have date nights. Every Sunday after dinner we sit and talk, go over our schedules for the week, etc. For dates we go to the movies, new restaurants, the shooting range, ride motorcycles (when it is nice outside), and cook together. We try to pick one new recipe a week and cook it — from grocery shopping for what we need, to preparing the meal, to eating it together.
CBS: You’ve hinted at having another baby. Are you hoping for another girl or a boy?
NT: I would love to have another baby. I don’t care if it is a boy or girl. I will be happy with whatever God brings me.
CBS: If you are working on any other projects or with any charities, please feel free to discuss.
NT: Right now I am on a tour with Reader’s Digest called “We Hear You America.” Reader’s Digest is visiting 100 towns in 100 days to provide financial and promotional support to communities that have been affected by the difficult economic times. I am visiting the top 10 cities. I have already been to New York and Atlanta; my next stop is Tampa.
I also work closely with the American Red Cross. All of my winnings on this season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” which premiers March 6 on NBC, will go to the American Red Cross.
I am also speaking at their Tiffany Circle National Women’s Leadership Summit in June. I am really excited about that event.
I continue to model for various magazines and publications — Nordstrom, Macy’s, Saks 5th Avenue, FutureClaw, etc.
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