Beverly Johnson

Supermodel + Actress
Born Oct 13, 1952

Beverly Johnson 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 (August issue). A year later, she became the first black woman to appear on the cover of the French edition of Elle magazine.… Read More

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1952 Birth Born on October 13, 1952.


1971 18 Years Old 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 a criminal justice major at Northeastern University when she tried modeling while on summer break in 1971. … Read More


1974 21 Years Old She went on to appear on more than 500 magazine covers, including the August 1974 issue of Vogue, becoming the magazine's first African-American cover model.
1975 22 Years Old Her appearance on the cover changed the beauty ideal in US fashion, and by 1975, every major American fashion designer had begun using African-American models. … Read More
1979 26 Years Old She had a brief singing career, releasing one album in 1979 on Buddah Records. … Read More


2014 61 Years Old In late 2014, she wrote an article for Vanity Fair in which she accused Bill Cosby of drugging her in a meeting at his Manhattan residence in the 1980s, although the incident did not result in a sexual assault. … Read More
2015 62 Years Old Her memoir, The Face That Changed It All, which discusses the Cosby incident, was released on August 25, 2015. … Read More
2016 63 Years Old She didn’t seem upset 'with the news', but I think she’s prepared to counter-sue.” Cosby dropped the lawsuit on February 19, 2016 to devote more time to his criminal case.
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