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.
Wondering how to make it as model? “I would tell the ESSENCE.com reader or anyone the same thing I told my daughter (Anasa, left), have something to fall back on, meaning get an education. Educate yourself while you are pursuing modeling because it’s a short-lived career. I’m not the norm, and you’re going to need something after the cameras stop clicking.”