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Beverly Johnson

Beverly Johnson departs the 10th Annual Angel Ball 2007 for the G&P Foundation for Cancer Research, Marriott Times Square, October 29, 2007.
Date of birth October 13, 1952 (1952-10-13) (age 57)
Place of birth Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Hair color Dark brown
Eye color Dark brown
Measurements 34-25-35
Dress size 6 (US), 36 (EU)
Shoe size 8.5

Beverly Johnson (born October 13, 1952) is an American model, actress, and businesswoman. She made history when she rose to fame as the first black model to appear on the cover of American Vogue in 1974.[1] Johnson paved the way for black women in fashion, and future models like Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks. She was honored in 2006 at Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball along with Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Tina Turner and other female African Americans in entertainment, civil rights, and the arts.[2] The New York Times named Johnson one of the 20th century's most influential people in fashion.[3]



Born into a middle class family in Buffalo, New York, Johnson was a champion swimmer in her youth and aspired to be a lawyer. She was studying criminal justice at Northeastern University when, at the suggestion of friends, she tried her hand at modeling. She quickly landed an assignment with Glamour magazine and began working steadily.[4]Johnson would go on to grace more than 500 magazine covers[5] including her groundbreaking Vogue cover in August 1974. Johnson's appearance on the cover changed the beauty ideal in fashion and by 1975, every major American fashion designer began using African American models.[6]

In addition to modeling, Johnson has also authored a book, Beverly Johnson's Guide to a Life of Health and Beauty[7], and embarked on an acting career.[8]She has also had roles in Ashanti (1979), The Meteor Man (1993), Def Jam's How to Be a Player (1997), and Crossroads (2002). She has also appeared in guest spots on several television series including Law & Order, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and The Parent 'Hood. She had a brief singing career releasing one album in 1979 on Buddah Records.

Johnson serves as a celebrity judge on the TV Land series, She's Got the Look, a reality series where women over 35 compete for a modeling contract and magazine spread.[9]

Johnson, partnered with Amekor, owns the Beverly Johnson Hair Collection a popular line of wigs, and hair products for the African American market.

In addition Johnson has been linked to actor Christopher Noth, and other celebrities in her long career.


Year Title Role Other notes
1976 Deadly Hero
Emergency! TV, 1 episode
1977 The Baron
1978 Crisis in Sun Valley Beverly Television movie
1979 Ashanti Dr. Anansa Linderby Alternative title: Ashanti, Land of No Mercy
1980 The Sky Is Gray John Lee's Mother Television movie
1990 Hunter Allistar Lang TV, 1 episode
1992-1993 Law & Order Marcela/Salamotu TV, 2 episodes
1993 Martin Ms. Trinidad
Loaded Weapon 1 Doris Luger
The Meteor Man Woman Doctor
The Cover Girl Murders Michaela Television movie
A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives Jane Marlowe Morrison Television movie
1994 A Brilliant Disguise Barbara
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Mrs. Cox TV, 2 episodes
1995 The Wayans Bros. Miss Kita TV, 1 episode
Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder Alana Durand Television movie
1996 Red Shoe Diaries Lorri TV, 1 episode
Crossworlds The Queen
The Parent 'Hood Mrs. Jordon TV, 1 episode
1997 True Vengeance Lt. Kada Wilson Alternative title: Truth or Consequences
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Fashion designer TV, 1 episode
Def Jam's How to Be a Player Robin
1998 3rd Rock from the Sun Prell TV, 2 episodes
54 Elaine's Patron
2000 Down 'n Dirty Sandra Collins
2002 Crossroads Kit's Mother
Red Shoe Diaries 15: Forbidden Zone Lorri Segment: The Forbidden Zone


  1. ^ Joy Sewing Beverly Johnson's got the right attitude The Houston Chronicle, Retrieved August 23, 2009
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  4. ^ "The Body Game". People. 1993-01-11.,,20109578,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-15.  
  5. ^ Murray, Nubia (2008-07). "Beverly Johnson showcases timeless beauty". Ebony.;col1. Retrieved 2008-08-15.  
  6. ^ Gross, Michael (2003). Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women. HarperCollins. p. 239. ISBN 0-060-54163-6.  
  7. ^ "Beverly Johnson: Official Biography". Retrieved 2008-08-15.  
  8. ^ Levitt, Shelley (1992-08-10). "Like Mother, Like..". People.,,20113286,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-15.  
  9. ^ Moss, Marilyn (2008-06-02). "TV Review: She's Got the Look". Retrieved 2008-08-15.  

See also

Liberian Girl

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