- Also Known As:
- The Face That Changed It All
- Date of Birth:
- October 13, 1952
Beverly Johnson (born on October 13, 1952 in Buffalo, New York) is an American supermodel, actress and businesswoman. Beverley grew up in Buffalo and attended Northeaster University as a Criminal Justice major before she tried out modelling while on summer break. Her career quickly took off, winning an assignment with Glamour before going on to appear on more than 500 magazine covers. She famously appeared on the Aug. 1974 cover of Vogue, the second African-American model to grace the magazine’s cover (after Donyale Luna in 1966.) Her appearance changed the ideal of beauty in America, and after that, every major American fashion designer had begun using African-American models. In addition to modeling, Beverley has appeared in movies like Ashanti, Crossroads and on the television series Martin, Law & Order and The Parent ‘Hood. She served as a judge on TV Land’s She Got The Look and had a brief singing career in the 70’s. In 2014, she wrote an article for Vanity Fair about her alleged attempted rape by Bill Cosby.
Best Known For:
Beverly Johnson is best known as a fashion icon, the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of the French edition of Elle and the second black woman to appear on the cover of Vogue.
Beverly was married to Danny Sims from 1977 to 1979. They have one child together, Anansa Sims. Prior that, she had a brief marriage to Billy Potter, from 1971 to 1973. She is an avid Golf fan and a member and resident of the PGA West Golf Club in La Quinta, California. The New York Times named her one of the 20th Century’s most influential people in fashion,