Setting an industry precedent supermodel Beverly Johnson made history by breaking color barriers in August 1974 to become the first African-American to grace the coveted cover of Vogue magazine. ESSENCE.com celebrates the 35th anniversary and chats with the ageless Black beauty about her industry staying power and what it takes to be a top model.
“When I came into the industry Naomi Sims was the greatest model Black or White. I remember meeting her at a Halston fashion show and she was so gracious to me. Then there was Joyce Walker, who was making a name for herself at Seventeen magazine,” says Johnson on the women who inspired her career.