Known In The '70s For: Being the first black model to appear on the cover of Vogue in 1974
Naomi Campbell gets a lot of credit for demolishing the unusually stubborn color barrier in high fashion, but Naomi's achievements in the '80s and '90s ought to be considered no more significant that what Beverly Johnson did in the '70s. Her rise to prominence triggered an interest in black models, and before long many of the fashion world's most prominent designers were employing them. Johnson turned out to be much more than a pretty face.
Today it's common for models like Cindy Crawford and Elle MacPherson to become businesswomen, but Beverly was pioneering the "modelpreneur" concept when she launched the self-branded Beverly Johnson Hair Collection.