The cover was historic. When the August 1974 issue of Vogue arrived with Beverly Johnson on the front, it marked the first time in the magazine’s history that an African-American model had been showcased in such a fashion.
“I was in my first New York apartment on the East Side — mattress on the floor, candles,” Johnson said. “I threw on my jeans and ran to the newsstand. All these people were rushing to work trying to buy their papers so I had to wait. Of course, I didn’t have any money on me.”