October 13, 1952 |
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Hair color||Dark brown|
|Eye color||Dark brown|
|Dress size||6 (US), 36 (EU)|
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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 August 1974. A year later, she became the first black woman to appear on the cover of the French edition of Elle. She is currently the star of the reality series Beverly's Full House on the Oprah Winfrey Network which focuses on her attempt to heal the flawed mother/daughter relationship with her daughter, Anansa Sims.
Johnson 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. The New York Times named Johnson one of the 20th century's most influential people in fashion.
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 she tried her hand at modeling. She quickly landed an assignment with Glamour and began working steadily. Johnson would go on to appear on more than 500 magazine covers, 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.
In addition to modeling, Johnson has also written a book, Beverly Johnson's Guide to a Life of Health and Beauty, and embarked on an acting career. 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, The Parent 'Hood and the Super Bowl episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun (1998). She had a brief singing career, releasing one album in 1979 on Buddah Records.
Johnson served for two seasons 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. At the start of the series in 2008, Johnson shared that she and other models had suffered from anorexia and bulimia during her career. Johnson, partnered with Amekor, owns the Beverly Johnson Hair Collection, a line of wigs and hair products for the African American market. In 2010, she introduced a line of restorative and styling hair care products to Target.
Personal life 
Johnson married real estate agent Billy Potter in 1971. They divorced in 1974. In 1977, she married music producer/publisher Danny Sims. Sims and Johnson separated in 1979 and later divorced. Their daughter Anansa was born in 1984.
|Emergency!||TV, 1 episode|
|1978||Crisis in Sun Valley||Beverly||Television film|
|1979||Ashanti||Dr. Anansa Linderby||Alternative title: Ashanti, Land of No Mercy|
|1980||The Sky Is Gray||John Lee's Mother||Television film|
|1990||Hunter||Allistar Lang||TV, 1 episode|
|1992–1993||Law & Order||Marcela/Salamotu||TV, 2 episodes|
|Loaded Weapon 1||Doris Luger|
|The Meteor Man||Woman Doctor|
|The Cover Girl Murders||Michaela||Television film|
|A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives||Jane Marlowe Morrison||Television film|
|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 film|
|1996||Red Shoe Diaries||Lorri||TV, 1 episode|
|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|
|2000||Down 'n Dirty||Sandra Collins|
|Red Shoe Diaries 15: Forbidden Zone||Lorri||Segment: The Forbidden Zone|
|2010||Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns||Kate||1 episode|
|2012||Beverly's Full House||Herself||TV, 8 episodes|
See also 
- Iconic Cover Girls - Coco & Creme
- Joy Sewing Beverly Johnson's got the right attitude The Houston Chronicle, Retrieved August 23, 2009
- Supermodels Encyclopaedia: Beverly Johnson - Fashion Insider
- "The Body Game". People. 1993-01-11. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- Gross, Michael (2003). Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women. HarperCollins. p. 239. ISBN 0-06-054163-6.
- "Beverly Johnson: Official Biography". amekor.com. Archived from the original on 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- Levitt, Shelley (1992-08-10). "Like Mother, Like..". People. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- Moss, Marilyn (2008-06-02). "TV Review: She's Got the Look". hollywoodreporter.com. Archived from the original on 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- Beverly Johnson at the Internet Movie Database
- Beverly Johnson at the Fashion Model Directory
- Beverly Johnson on tvland.com