I recently spoke with the super talented supermodel-turned-mogul about her upcoming projects, being a grandmother, and more. Check it out below:
On getting her reality show on Oprah's Winfrey's OWN network.
"The last time I was on her (The Oprah Winfrey Show) show, I told her that I had a couple of great shows that I'd like to pitch to her. I had a pitch meeting with her producers and they were like, "Wow, that's a great show and wow, that's a great show." Then I said that there was one other show that I didn't have completely fleshed out, but I started telling them about the funny stories about my daughter and her family moving in with me. And they were like, "That's the television show."
Beverly Johnson was the first black model ever to land the cover of Vogue in 1974.
"I love Joan Smalls, Liya Kebede, Jessica White, and others; I like keeping up with the girls."
Advice for aspiring models.
"Always have a Plan A, B, C, and D! It's not that kind of career that's going to last forever. I also insist that they continue with their education. That's something that no one can ever take away. That's the same advice I gave my daughter and it's the same advice I give to all young ladies."
On what sets her products apart from other brands.
"I'm doing something that I was always afraid to do and that is to go into business myself. For the last line I had partners and the hair extension company was a royalty licensing agreement. I decided that it's either now or never so I took the leap of faith.
The new haircare line are my dream products. I always felt that there was always a hole in multicultural haircare market. Everything is not about Shea butter and I love Shea butter! The products that I had before were ok, but now these are my dream products. It's my direct involvement in the sense that I own my own power. It was time for me to do what I thought was best and that's what we're doing."
Top Model Shampoo available at www.beverlyjohnson.com for $12.95
On her absolute must-haves from the line.
"'Top Model' shampoo and the 'Work It' conditioning treatments are just divine products. Also the shine spray can be used on very fine or curly hair because it's really light-weight. Target only has 7 of our products, but my website Beverly Johnson has all 24. There's something for everybody on the site. I also just began my introductory skincare products too.
The price-points are a bit higher from the first Beverly Johnson brand, but the new and improved line is reflective of the quality. We also have my all new dream packaging!"
On being an entrepreneur.
"More women are going into business now more than ever before. People shouldn't be afraid. There's certainly room for more women to go into business."
Beverly Johnson's Full House premieres Saturday, March 31st at 10PM, EST on OWN.
Will you tune in to watch Beverly's Full House?