Beverly Johnson

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Johnson in 2010, photo by

Birth Name: Beverly Ann Johnson

Place of Birth: Buffalo, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 13, 1952

*father – African-American, possibly Blackfoot Native American
*mother – Louisiana Creole [African, French, possibly other]

Beverly Johnson is an American model, actress, singer, and businessperson. She is the first African-American model to be on the cover of Vogue magazine in the U.S. She has appeared in films including Ashanti, Def Jam’s How to Be a Player, and Crossroads (2002).

Beverly is the daughter of Gloria (Ledoux) and Henry Johnson, Jr. Her mother is pictured here. She has a daughter with her former husband, businessperson and music producer Danny Sims.

In the book New York Times The Times of the Seventies: The Culture, Politics, and Personalities that Shaped the Decade, 2013, edited by Clyde Haberman, it is written:

Beverly has interesting blood lines: Her father, a machine operator, is part Blackfoot Indian, and her mother, a surgical technician, is a Louisiana Creole.


Obituary of Beverly’s mother –

4 Responses

  1. Debunker_of_Nonsense says:

    “possibly” yet has no northwestern roots

  2. transemacabre says:

    Blackfoot seems unlikely. Her father’s paternal grandparents were from New Jersey, and his maternal grandparents from Virginia, both far from the Blackfoot Nation in Alberta and Montana.

  3. stlucas says:

    *African American, possibly Blackfoot Native American (father)
    *Louisiana Creole (African, French, possibly other) (mother)

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