As a Black girl growing up in the 1990s, I saw relatively few models who reflected me as they graced the runway, or when their faces flashed across magazine spreads and covers.
Yet Beverly Johnson was a force I came to know fairly early on, as my family viewed her as a regal icon and a smasher of barriers because she helped prove to the world that Black is beautiful.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Johnson’s appearance on the cover of American Vogue magazine—the first Black model to cross that threshold.
Source: The Daily Beast
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