Fashion icon and self-proclaimed “modelpreneur” Beverly Johnson was recently honored at The BOSS Network’s annual “Ladies That Lead” event held at the Society Art Gallery in Chicago. Johnson,who became the first woman of color to grace the cover of Vogue 40 years ago this month shared “this cover meant more than just being a model on the cover … with that cover came a responsibility that I took on and took on very seriously.” This not only served as the catalyst for branding her name in 1975, long before it was commonplace, but to starting one of her most successful business ventures, a line of wig and hair extensions. Johnson offered as one of the keys to her success “when you don’t know what to do, just do something.”
Hosted by BOSS Network founder, Cameka Smith, the evening celebrated the group’s fifth anniversary. In addition to Beverly Johnson, notable guest speakers included Doris Boulrece of the Black McDonald’s Operators Association (BMOA), Amy Hilliard, president of Fashion Fair, Teneya Gholston from Creme of Nature and Erika M. Summers of Ariel Investments.
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