The Jackie Robinson of Modeling

“I propose the “Beverly Johnson Rule” for Condé Nast, similar to the Rooney Rule in the NFL that mandates that a diverse set of candidates must be interviewed for any open coaching and front office position. The “Beverly Johnson Rule” would require at least two black professionals to be meaningfully interviewed for influential positions. This rule would be especially relevant to boards of directors, C-suite executives, top editorial positions and other influential roles. I also invite chief executives of companies in the fashion, beauty and media industries to adopt this rule.

“Whitney (Ruth Whitney, Editor-in-Chief – Glamour (1967 – 1998)) declared I was “the Jackie Robinson of modeling.” Forty-six years after my Vogue cover, I want to move from being an icon to an iconoclast and continue fighting the racism and exclusion that have been an ugly part of the beauty business for far too long.”

~ Beverly Johnson
Supermodel, Actress, Businesswoman & Author
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The Beauty of Love

“The beauty of love, as far as I’m concerned, is it makes you better.
It makes you stronger. It gives you direction. It gives you understanding of what life is and what we’ve been given.”
~ Jerry Lewis,
a.k.a Joseph Levitch
Comedian, Actor, Singer, Film Producer, Humanitarian, Screenwriter and Film Director
Winner of several Lifetime Achievements Awards from:
The American Comedy Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association,
& Venice Film Festival, Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (2x)
Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors
(highest Emmy Award, 2005)
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences(2009)

Beauty Born of Our Actions, Aspirations & Kindness

“True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others.”
~ Alek Wek
Model, Designer, Missionary – World Vision International & Author
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A Most Beautiful Body Part

“My brain, I believe, is the most beautiful part of my body.”
~ Shakira
a.k.a. Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Dancer, Philanthropist,
Entrepreneur, Founder – Pies Descalzos Foundation,
MTV Video Music Awards (5X),Grammy Awards (2X), Latin Grammy Awards (13X),
Billboard Music Awards (7X), Billboard Latin Music Awards (33X),
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year (2011),
Chevalier De L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2012)

The Roads of Goodness & Forgiveness

“If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal;
two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.”
~ Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,
Activist, Politician, Philanthropist, Lawyer,
1st President of South Africa, Philanthropist
Nobel Peace Prize Awardee(1993) & Presidential Medal of Freedom Awardee

Be Unbreakable

“If I hadn’t been told I was garbage, I wouldn’t have learned how to show people I’m talented,
and if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn’t have figured out how to be so funny.
If they hadn’t told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty,
and if they hadn’t tried to break me down, I wouldn’t know that I’m unbreakable.”
~ Gabourey Sidibe
Actress, Director, Author,
Women Film Critics Circle Awards (2009), Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards (2009),
National Board of Review (2009), Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Florida Film Critics Circle Awards (2009),
Hollywood Film Festival (2009), Detroit Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Chicago International Film Festival (2009),
Satellite Awards (2010), NAACP Image Awards (2010), Iowa Film Critics Awards (2010), Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2010),
Independent Spirit Awards (2010), Black Reel Awards (2010) & Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (2012)

The On-Screen Look

“There are people who expect me to look the way I do on-screen,
where I have a great director of photography and fantastic lighting.
I’m sorry to disappoint people, but I don’t look like that all the time – no actress does.”
~ Catherine Zeta-Jones,
Actress & Philanthropist

Your Own Definition of Beautiful

“Never try to be someone else’s definition of beautiful.
You have to define beautiful for yourself.’
~ Zendaya,
a.k.a. Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman
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Fashion Model, Dancer, Actress, Singer, Author