Legendary Supermodel Beverly Johnson on her New Memoir

The first African-American to grace the cover of Vogue shares all in her new memoir, "The Face That Changed it All."
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Ginger, we are here now with supermodel Beverly Johnson, the first african-american woman to grace the cover of "Vogue." She is telling all about her groundbreaking career and life in her new memoir, "The face that changed it all" and talk to her in just a moment but here's a look at her history making career. She's the powerhouse supermodel with stunning good looks that helped define a generation. In 1974 at the age of 21 Beverly Johnson made history and broke color barriers becoming the first african-american woman to grace the cover of American "Vogue." More than 500 covers later in a career spanning nearly four decades Johnson has more than cemented her place in fashion history. Now in her new memoir, "The face that changed it all," Johnson is opening up about her early years growing up in Buffalo, New York. Her meteoric rise to fame as well as her recent return to the headlines in December as one of the more than two dozen women who accused comedian bill Cosby of drugging them or sexually assaulting them. It was almost like a family member had betrayed me. It was such a huge sense of betrayal for me. These women gave me the courage to come forward. Reporter: To date Cosby has not been charged with a crime in connection to the accusations of drugging and sexual assault and his lawyers have dismissed the allegations. And Beverly Johnson joins us now. Thank you for being here. Well, thank you for having me. We just heard you say in stay. Reporter: Hsieh to rebuild a few blocks away. Tony. Epor Rter: Here you'll find a "Star wars"heme td conference room and wall with musicalbeats. I like that one butou won't find managers or any clear sense of hierarchy. Who is the boss? We're the boss. Reporter: You're the boss. We're the boss. We actually are encouraging employees to move around to fill multiple roles if want or try out one and if it doesn't work out go out and try out Reporter: A strategy that didn't go over well with everyone. 14% of employees left the company when it was first introduced. We thought water was fattening back then. How did you sustain yourself? Youth. Youth. Youth. But describe what a typical day was like. Well, a typical day is, you know, waking up at 5 A.M. And going on a shoot and, you know, traveling the world and working with amazing photographers. I do remember sleeping a lot in between shooting but it was just a wonderful career, of course, what happens with the wonderful career, you have a personal life also, so I got married very young at 19 years old and, you know, I had an ex-husband that didn't get the meaning of ex and that kind of was, you know, a little complicated but basically it was really an extraordinary life. Extraordinary. Extraordinarily glamorous and incredible but also painful. I mean, the drug addiction was real and serious and life-threatening. Well, absolutely. I think that people and particularly in the '70s, remember it wasn't addictive in that it increased your intelligence. Made your eyes sparkle. I read -- You thought you looked better when you were on drugs. And you lost your appetite so I mean we know more now than we did then. We lost a lot of people to and we are still losing a lot of people to drugs. You say the '70s but is that culture in the modeling world still happening now. I don't know. I'm not there in it but hopefully people understand the complications of drugs and the dangers of drugs and -- and basically that's why I really wanted to do my memoirs and that's why I really wanted to share my sobriety with everyone. How did you turn your life around and find sobriety? I found sobriety in a 12-step program and I found sobriety with the spiritual path that I started to go on and also with the strength of my daughter and my family and also just wanting to, you know, have the life that I always wanted and the life I think I deserved. Well, you certainly put it all on these pains. It's an incredible read. Beverly Johnson, thank you very much? Thank you very much for having me. "The face that changed it all" is in stores now.

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