Lisa Taylor

Modeled for: American Vogue and Italian Vogue. As Calvin Klein’s pre-Brooke Shields muse, the 5’9″ Taylor epitomized the fresh-scrubbed style of the 70s. “Lisa is the ultimate combination of sporty and sexy, which is the quintessential American look,” says Michael Kors, who wrote a tribute to her in Vogue in May explaining how a 1976 photo of Taylor inspired him to become a designer.

Age hasn’t dimmed her luster. “I still feel pretty and sexy,” says Taylor, who lives in L.A. with her husband of 10 years, investment banker Ellis Jones, 46, and their 7-year-old twin daughters Savannah and Taylor. “I have a few wrinkles, and my face looks a little older, but except for an extra 10 lbs., I don’t look much different than I did years ago. I’m happy with how I look.” She works harder to stay in shape, though. “When I turned 40, I started having to eat half as much as before to keep my weight where I wanted it to be,” says Taylor, who still indulges in her favorite foods, including ice cream. “When I look in the mirror, I see more my spirit than my body,” she says. “I see a very happy spirit.”

Her beauty rules:

EXERCISE: Pilates or yoga twice a week; 30 minutes on the StairMaster four or five times a week; daily swims with her girls in her backyard pool.

MAKEUP: Little more than moisturizer. “I have a real aversion to plastic surgery,” says Taylor, who treats herself to monthly facials. “Even the idea of a face peel gives me the creeps.”

CLOTHES: Classic blazers, T-shirts and pants; nothing way above the knee. Wears less black and more pastels as she gets older; “I don’t need to be ‘in,’ ” she says. “I almost prefer to be ‘out.’ ”

Lisa Taylor-SMI


17 Responses to “Lisa Taylor”
  1. I would love to upload pics of Lisa taylor onto the facebbok page supermodels of the 70’s80’s90’s
    Also her best picture is the one of her for Dior………..Please can you send me as many pics of her as possible……….Thanks so much Cirsten

  2. Eva Voorhees says:

    I’d be happy to give you whatever images I have! Let me know what you want. Thanks.

  3. Chris Meloni says:

    I love her beauty rules, more women should pay attention to the “spirit” they see in the mirror. (well, men too…) ;)

  4. Eva Voorhees says:

    Hi Chris!
    Yes, she’s a very bright woman! I can’t recall what magazine it was, but she was on the cover holding her babies, and I just stopped and stared at her two gorgeous infants-they looked like angels.

  5. JACKIE HUTTON says:

    Fascinating. Helmut Newton certainly knew how to pick his models.

  6. Eva Voorhees says:

    Helmut was great at many things!

  7. Rob says:

    Great tribute to my favorite model of all time. Lisa with the doberman, “Fetching in Your Dior” is my screensaver. Does anyone know which photo in Vogue 1976 was the that Kors loved? I’m guessing it was the one in the car with her hair blowing. That was one of the signature images of the “Model as Muse” exhibit at the Met Costume Institute last year, they sold a poster of it in the gift shop.

  8. Rob says:

    I found it: “When Michael Kors was a Vogue reading teenager on Long Island in 1976, he experienced a fashion epiphany. It arrived in the form of an Arthur Elgort photograph of then supermodel Lisa Taylor driving a fast car. The young woman exuded effortless elegance, and though she looked glamorous, she wasn’t alienating like the dolled up fantasy creatures of European glossies. Dressed in a casual chic jacket, a heavy-knit sweater and with her chestnut mane blowing in the wind, Lisa looked “sporty and sexy and sleek and American” (Kors for Vogue May 2000).”

  9. Eva Voorhees says:

    I just posted the Chris Von Wangenheim Dior ad, but I don’t have the answer to your question, sorry. Nice to hear about her poster!

  10. She is truely the best and my idol as I was growing up……Like the Porche ad it just does not get any better………….

  11. India says:

    Her children still look like angels! Taylor is my best friend and she is an angel!!!I don’t know Savannah very well but she’s also very sweet and beautiful!

  12. Courthey says:

    Oh wow India how is Taylor doing? Doe’s she has an website?

  13. Edward says:

    I noticed Carey Lowell is no longer on here.

  14. Linda Penner says:

    It was my mother who actually got me started on the beauty fashion magazines and at that time it was photos of a very young christy brinkley, christina ferrare and Lisa Taylor just to name a few that would catch my attention and it was always about the cover. Lisa Taylor is a american model who is just down right gorgeous. She was hitting the pages of the top fashion magazines and seen out with actors and such. She was a favorite of alot of designers just like Gia was. Then it seemed liked she just disappeared. I am so happy that this site has some of the photos that I once had in my collection. Oh what memories..

  15. Nico says:

    Another all time fave!

  16. Eva Voorhees says:

    I so need pictures of her! I don’t know if you read about Conde Nast, but I don’t use any of their images by choice, so removing all CN left some albums almost empty.

  17. Nico says:

    Ohh, I’ll look and look… You know where to look for them :-)

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