The model and entrepreneur, who was Vogue’s first black cover model, shares career advice with newcomer Olivia Whittaker in the first episode of the Moneyish series Good Company.
Beverly Johnson knew it was a huge deal when she landed on the cover of American Vogue in 1974.
“It was every model’s dream to be on the cover of Vogue,” she told Moneyish. “That’s our Oscars. That’s our Olympic gold.”
What she didn’t know at the time was how huge. Johnson says she learned from reporters who reached out for interviews that she was the first black model on the magazine’s cover.
She was surprised it hadn’t happened sooner. “That spearheaded my journey into my roots, into really what this whole thing of race is about and how significant this Vogue cover was to women of color all over the world.”
Johnson, 65, recently sat down with Olivia Whittaker, a 21-year-old model at the start of her career, to share her stories about the industry and offer advice. The pair meet in the first episode of Good Company, a Moneyish original series that matches millennials with veterans in their field for mentorship and conversation.