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Beverly Johnson

Johnson, who broke barriers as the first African-American woman to cover Vogue magazine, not only helped pave the way for other famous Black models to be recognized, but also spoke out against unrealistic demands the industries places on models' weight. She also has a line of wigs and hairpieces named Beverly Johnson Hair Collection.

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