“Featuring gorgeous, never-before-seen photos from Johnson’s childhood and modeling days, The Face That Changed It All gives a no-holds-barred look at the lives of the rich, fabulous, and famous. It is also a story of failure and success in the upper echelons of the fashion world, and how Beverly Johnson emerged from her struggles smarter, happier, and stronger than ever.” Beverly Johnson website
Iconinc supermodel Beverly Johnson has a new memoir: The Face That Changed It All. Ms. Johnson, 62, was one of the original 1970s supermodels, becoming the first black model to appear on the cover of Vogue in 1974. She then made fashion history with a successful 3-decade modeling career. The Face That Changed It All appears to be an honest and thoughtful look at Johnson’s life, and an opportunity for us all to feel inspired and energized to be our best. I’m buying it!
HBO Documentary: “About Face: The Supermodels Then and Now”
“It’s no fun getting old and sick and dying, but why shouldn’t we be allowed to age?
~ Supermodel Jerry Hall
Last Monday, HBO aired a documentary called “About Face: The Supermodels Then and Now.” Directed by photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the film contains conversations with the worlds’ most celebrated Supermodels of the last 60 years. What started as a concept for a photo shoot of a core group of models from the ’70s and ’80s developed into a full-blown film with a much broader spectrum and selection of women (Carmen Dell’Orefice is 81 years old, for instance, and began her modeling career in the ’40s when it was considered not much more than prostitution) .
I knew the names – I recognized the faces. Christie Brinkley, Jerry Hall, Beverly Johnson, Cheryl Tiegs, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Isabella Rossellini, Paulina Porizkova, Carol Alt and Kim Alexis to name a few. But I had never heard them tell their stories and that was most illuminating for me – to hear the voice behind the face and to go deeper into the fashion world. And Mr. Greenfield-Sanders did not hold back on heavy issues: issues such as racism, sexual harassment, drug abuse and of course, the rarely discussed question of aging. He wanted to explore the idea of beauty as it ages, and what happens to women considered especially beautiful, because as he says, “Aging is difficult for all of us in America. For women who are all about their looks it’s an even more heightened issue.”
Especially beautiful? Is there such a thing? Isn’t it possible that especially beautiful comes with age? I think so. I enjoyed seeing these women as they are now, after time has passed and they have not only survived but thrived; they are more beautiful to me than ever. Aging is real for all of us. Yes it is difficult, but even supermodels find their reality in the aging process; that we are relevant and we still matter in the world. No matter who we are.
What do you think?