Yeah I saw her on there today too. She was also a special guest judge last season on Top Model. She was the first Black woman to be featured on Vogue, so yes, she was big. She came out in the 70s though, so she was among the supermodels of the 80s. She was friends with Janice Dickinson.
Once again Sepia you beat me to posting! Bev J was a very successful print girl, she did runway and commercials too. Although Ophelia Devore, Helen Williams, Donyale Luna, Naomi Sims & Peggy Dillard broke down many barriers, she was the most commercial. By the mid 70s she was one of the biggest of all models. Of course since she was the top the media pitted her against an upstart by the name of Iman, sound familiar ! She started in 1971 & hit quickly and peaked about 1982, however she still got covers and work a bit afterwards. Her first agency was Ford. She since has been a singer(late 70s), written books and is in the business of hair. Below are some photos from my collection(1972-1981 & 1988), I will possibly look for more. Photo Source:Francesco Scavullo, Richard Avedon, scanned by me
She had 2 Glamour covers within months of each other(1972).
1st black woman on the cover of Vogue US(8/1974).
1st black woman on the cover of French Elle.
2nd black woman on the cover of Cosmo(2/1976).