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Supermodel Beverly Johnson: trailblazer

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Supermodel Beverly Johnson has spent most of her life in front of the camera. Discovered by a modeling scout while she was still in her teens, she was shooting on Fire Island just weeks after being plucked off the street.

Then three years into her career, she landed the cover of "Vogue" unknowingly making history as not only the first African American but also the first woman of color to grace the cover.

Beverly eventually went on to pose for more than 500 covers. She says she started preparing for her life after modeling early in her career and has become one of the first supermodels to cross over into the business of fashion, creating Beverly Johnson Enterprises.

These days, Beverly makes Palm Springs her home, hanging out with her boyfriend Brian and her daughter, plus-size model Anasa.

Her reality show "Beverly's Full House" is gearing up for a second run and she just signed a deal with Simon and Schuster to pen her memoir.

In her free time, Beverly can be found on the green. She loves golf and calls it a metaphor for life.

The modeling world has changed a lot since Beverly's first "Vogue" cover 40 years ago. Her favorites on the runway now are Joan Smalls, Arlenis, Jordan Dunn, and supermodel Naomi Campbell.

But she says no matter how gorgeous you are education comes first.

Now in her 60s, Beverly says she wants to be remembered as a trailblazer.

 

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