Stunning in her 60s – who is she?

She’s an American beauty with model behavior and is celebrated for a groundbreaking achievement she made 40 years ago.

Your clues:

1. She was named by The New York Times as one of the 20th century’s most influential people in fashion.

2. She launched a line of wigs in the 1990s and is recognised as a major influencer in black hair care.

3. She is widely regarded as ‘the first black supermodel’ and became the first black model to grace the cover of Vogue magazine in 1974.

Have you got it?

It is, of course, supermodel Beverly Johnson, who celebrates her 62nd birthday today.

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Johnson made her foray into the modeling industry in the 1970s when she went for a casting call for Glamour magazine in 1972.

Her natural beauty won over the editors and she landed a gig on the front cover of Glamour’s November issue.

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Two years later, the New York-born beauty made history when she became the first black model to appear on the front cover of Vogue magazine.

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She has credited fellow black model, the late Naomi Sims as being a huge influence on her own career, and as such, Johnson made the decision to mentor other black models who followed in her footsteps.

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Johnson with Iman (left) and Tyra Banks (right)

In 1995, Johnson made a successful foray into the cosmetics business, launching the Beverly Johnson Skin Care System, which was followed by the Beverly Johnson Hair Collection.

One of the industry’s most celebrated black models – who remains stunning in her 60s – here’s wishing Beverly Johnson a very happy birthday.

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