Beverly Johnson is the Founder, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of BJE LLC. Beverly’s “Vision” is to build BJE (aka Beverly Johnson Enterprises) into a global brand around The Beverly Johnson Luxurious Lifestyle Brand.
Beverly is an American Supermodel, New York Times Best Selling author, actress, and businesswoman. Beverly rose to fame and made history when she became the first African-American women to appear on the cover of American Vogue in August 1974, and forever changing the beauty ideal in the fashion world. Beverly is a part of the Black List, a photographic assembly of 50 of the most influential African-Americans in America. Beverly’s portrait has hung in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
Beverly became known as a “Modelpreneur,” Supermodel and Entrepreneur, and is actively involved in building the Beverly Johnson Luxurious Lifestyle Brand in the Fashion, Beauty and Media Industries. In December 2016, The Palm Springs Walk of Stars honored Beverly Johnson, Icon, Author, Actress, Supermodel and Coachella Valley resident with the 405th Star Dedication Ceremony.
Beverly’s remarkable career, which spans over five decades, is a showcase of accomplishment: from model to mom to actress, author, activist, businesswoman, TV personality, and—finally—Icon. As a trailblazing model in the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and the 2000s Beverly appeared on more than 500 magazine covers from Vogue and Cosmopolitan to Glamour, Essence, Ebony and French Elle. The Jackie Robinson of modeling, Beverly’s influence truly spans the globe. The New York Times named her as one of the “20th Century’s 100 Most Influential People in the Fashion Industry.”
Beverly is the author of several books including her New York Times Best Selling memoir, “The Face That Changed It All” published by Simon and Schuster in Page 1 of 2 August 2015. Beverly’s memoir spans her early childhood in Buffalo, NY; her raise to superstardom; to the late 1980’s, which includes a tumultuous part of her life.
Beverly signed a production deal with Warner Brothers TV to produce her life story, as a Limited-Series, based on her memoir, “The Face That Changed It All.” Last summer, Warner Brothers TV entered into a developing deal with Apple TV+ to develop and produce the Limited-Series for Apple’s new streaming platform. Beverly is also an Executive Producer and is instrumental in every part of this production.
Over her career, Beverly has appeared in major motion and developed her on constructive reality show “Beverly’s Full House,” which aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network (“OWN”). Beverly has made numerous appearances on many television shows, digital media, and Internet platforms. Beverly has appeared on The Tamron Hall Show, The Doctors on CBS, The Morning Show on CBS with Gayle King, Bloomberg, The Wendy Williams Show, Good Day New York, Good Day Los Angeles, CNN, Fox News, The Talk, Tom Joiner Radio Show, Steve Harvey Radio Show, Sirius XM Radio, and more.
Beverly is a regular keynote speaker and thought leader for organizations focused on Beauty and Fashion, Women Empowerment, Entrepreneurship, Domestic Violence, Disrupt Aging, Discrimination in the Fashion Industry, Women Rights, Diversity, Inclusion, Women’s Health Issues, and an AIDS Activist. Beverly was retained by Macy’s AARP, JP Morgan Chase (“JPMC”) and many other major corporations. As an example, for JPMC Beverly participated in their Women Business Symposium (“WBS”) Programs and has been a key entrepreneur on their business panel. Beverly was the Keynote Speaker for JP Morgan Chase’s International Women’s Day at their world headquarters in NYC.
Beverly’s philanthropic activities include being an International spokesperson for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, as well as being on the Board of Directors of the Barbara Sinatra Children Center for Abused Children.
An avid golfer, Beverly plays to a 10 handicap and can be found on the golf course. She lives near Palm Springs, California with her partner, W. Brian Maillian, and her two Golden Doodles. Beverly has only one child, Anansa, and is a grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren.