Supermodel Beverly Johnson: 'I Didn't Want My Daughter to Model'

PARADE Modified: May 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm •  Published: April 30, 2012
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On her OWN reality series Beverly's Full House (Saturdays, 10 p.m. ET), iconic supermodel Beverly Johnson puts her life on display as she tries to bring together three generations of her family under one roof.


Johnson, 59, recently spoke to Parade about growing as a mom, what she thinks of the modeling industry today, and why she wanted to keep her daughter Anansa out of the catwalk business.

How she stays beautiful.
"There is no trick or smoke and mirrors. We have seen tremendous leaps and bounds in products that improve you hair or skin. But it's also due to this self-discovery path that I've been on most of my adult life. Always finding your joy and being the best person you can be always keeps you looking good."

On jumping into reality television.
"The good outweighs the nervousness. Having my daughter, her husband, and their new baby under my roof, and also being able to work with my daughter with life coaches and therapists, outweighed any nervousness I had about doing the show. Plus, I've got Oprah and her entire mission overlooking the process, which was a great comfort."

On whether it's easier for models today.
"It might seem like there’s more opportunity because of reality shows but it has become more difficult for models because actors are getting the magazine covers and product endorsements.”

On her daughter's modeling career.
"I did not want my daughter to model. Her father and I both. One, because of her temperament and two, because modeling is a difficult career. It could have made a nice hobby if she had gone to school and college. But she wanted to do it and she did. After that experience, she never wanted to have people tell her how she should look ever again.

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