Mikki Taylor, ESSENCE magazine’s longtime beauty and cover director, recently announced she will retire after 30 years at the storied publication, according to a statement issued by the magazine.

As of March 31, Taylor will contribute to ESSENCE as editor-at-large and will work with Greg Monfries, creative director, on magazine cover concepts, photo sessions and celebrity projects.

“I am thrilled to continue to serve women of color in my new role as Editor-at- Large, with innovative platforms that showcase our beauty,” said Taylor in a statement.

“Without a doubt, this is the most exciting period in the history of Black women ever and I look forward to this new threshold in my career that will allow me to inspire and be inspired by women around the world.”  

In addition to assisting ESSENCE with various projects, Taylor will continue to promote Mikki Taylor Enterprises, which will serve as a holding company for Satin Doll Productions and MT Communications.

Taylor joined ESSENCE in 1980 and quickly grew into the magazine’s beauty editor position. She conceived the idea of cover editor and helped usher in an era that featured celebrities on magazine covers instead of fashion models.