Model Krissy Taylor was a friend to us all. Despite her quick debut into the crazy world of modeling, the 6-foot-tall younger sister to supermodel Niki remained a country girl at heart. Beauty was definitely on her side: she graced over 13 magazine covers, appeared on MTV and Entertainment Tonight, and traveled the world to all the major fashion shows, from Milan to New York, at just 17 years old.

When the news of her death spread through the nation in July, it sparked an outpouring of support from fans, including a number of letters from TopModel readers. How could something so unfortunate happen to such a sweet, caring individual? As family and friends grappled for explanations, adoring fans took a moment to remember the captivating smile of one of their favorite faces.

As Krissy would have been 18 this month, TopModel decided to pay a final tribute and remember a beautiful young model who will always be dear to us. The family generously allowed us to sort through numerous, never-before-seen photographs. We believe these intimate pictures capture Krissy as she truly was: a rising star and a classic beauty, whose dreams and aspirations were becoming a reality.

The young cover girl loved children, animals, country music, blue jeans and cowboy boots. She also enjoyed her very own website, where messages of condolence continue to pour in. To convey your thoughts to the Taylor family, send an e-mail message to []. One of Krissy’s most prized possessions, however, was her big blue Chevy truck, which she purchased after hearing a popular Garth Brooks tune. At Krissy’s memorial service, “Big Blue” (the Chevy’s nickname) was filled with sunflowers and daisies. Over 200 people were in attendance at the private outdoor park to witness eulogies from family and close high school friends and a commemorative fireworks display in celebration of her life.

Krissy Taylor lived a beautiful life that ended too soon. Her mother, Barbara, said she “would want to be remembered as a country girl who loved life and all the excitement of living it to the fullest.” Luckily, we have the photographs to keep Krissy in our thoughts forever.

Krissy Taylor passed away July 2, 1995 from complications due to asthma, the silent killer. [Detailed biopsy studies now indicate that ARVD was the most probable actual cause. —webmaster]

Written by Miller.