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.
“Without Naomi Sims there would be no me. She is responsible for my career. What she accomplished is so momentous and it makes this 35th anniversary on the cover of Vogue even more significant to me,” expresses Johnson.