Beverly Johnson Opens Up About Shocking Racism in Modeling Career

LOS ANGELES – Iconic model Beverly Johnson recently opened up about her experiences with racism throughout her illustrious career. Johnson, who made history nearly 50 years ago as the first Black model on the cover of Vogue, revealed a shocking incident that she had never spoken about before. In an interview with Page Six, Johnson recounted an event from the 1980s when she went swimming at a hotel and the pool was immediately drained after she got out.

During a conversation at a birthday party for Eileen Ford in 2012, Johnson’s friends brought up the incident. Surprised by the revelation, Johnson stated that she had no idea the incident happened, but she believed it was an act of racism. Although she declined to name the hotel, Johnson expressed that she did not want to invite any potential legal consequences.

This incident is just one example of the discrimination Johnson faced throughout her modeling career. In her memoir, “The Face That Changed It All,” published in 2015, Johnson delves into other instances of racism in the industry. In her 2020 op-ed for The Washington Post, she discussed the persistent racism that still plagues the fashion world.

Johnson also revealed the support she received from fellow model Lauren Hutton. She shared that Hutton would speak out on her behalf during photoshoots and question why Johnson wasn’t on magazine covers, highlighting her beauty and talent. Johnson expressed gratitude for Hutton’s outspokenness and emphasized the significance of having a friend like her during that time.

In addition to speaking out against racism in the modeling industry, Johnson is currently promoting her upcoming one-woman show called “Beverly Johnson In Vogue” set to premiere Off-Broadway. With her infectious enthusiasm, Johnson is excited about this new endeavor.

Despite the challenges and adversity she faced, Johnson remains resilient and refuses to let anyone bring her down. Her courage and determination serve as an inspiration to many. As she prepares to take the stage, all that is left to say is, “Break a leg, Bev!”