Pioneer Women: Black Entertainers Who Did It First

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  • Esther Rolle
  • Cicely Tyson
  • Beverly Johnson
  • Ethel Waters
  • Whitney Houston
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Hattie McDaniel
  • Beyonce, Vanessa Williams
  • Cheryl Boone Isaacs
  • Halle Berry
  • Beyoncè
  • Tyra Banks
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Vanessa Williams

Beverly Johnson

Long before anyone had coined the term "supermodel," in 1974 this New York native became part of the fashion elite as the first Black woman to grace the cover of Vogue.

(Photo: Vogue Magazine, August 1974)

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