We caught up with the always fabulous Beverly Johnson for a quick chat about her charity work, TV production company, ownership of her own hairline and more.
Talk about how you got involved with The Starlight Children’s Foundation and all the charity work that you do.
It’s very interesting. I’m doing all this stuff for kids as a spokesperson for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and I’m on the board of directors for the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center for kids that have been abused. And I give these fashion shows for them. And now, through a friend who told me about the Starlight Foundation, and I’ve heard about it for years, I said, “It’s interesting. I’m doing so many things for kids, I would love to come and be a part.”
Why is this work so important to you?
I just get so much joy from it. We actually did a fashion show for down syndrome and I walked the runway with my niece [who has down syndrome], and I must say that my heart gets full. I was on a high for a year from participating and realizing what a self-esteem booster it is to these kids, and the same thing with the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Foundation, which I did another fashion show for—and just to see these kids light up like that is my motivation.
What else are you working on?
The Beverly Johnson Luxurious Lifestyle Brand is in full force. We launched a hair care line and skin care line with Target, and now we’re going back to—I had a wig and hair extension line for many years, and that was a licensing deal. I always wanted to go into business for myself and so I did not re-sign with the Korean company. We created our own line, which is going to be launched. If you go to the website, BeverlyJohnson.com you’ll see it there. And then I have a number of other shopping channel things and a whole lot of great things, which I never realized I was going to have so much fun building this company.
As a woman of a certain age, you keep yourself feisty and fabulous. What’s your secret?
What happened was that two and a half years ago, a good friend of mine, young guy, died suddenly. It was such a wakeup call for me. It made me rethink all the things that I listened too in life that I didn’t think I could do it because of my age or because I don’t have an MBA, but I took a leap of faith and I’ll tell you, I have more energy and more passion. I’m so exhilarated by this business where before I started I didn’t think I was gonna have enough energy I loved playing golf every day and I think that that’s one of the things that keeps me youthful. Not only do I have energy and passion, but I’m doing things that I know so much about in the fashion and beauty industry, and I’m also able to share the knowledge that I have. So I think it’s continuing to participate in the world and continuing to pursue your dreams.
Is Beverly’s Full House ever coming back to TV?
Yes, we’re coming back but we’re not coming back on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and we’re changing the dynamics of the show a little bit and broadening it out as to all the things that I’m doing, all the things my daughter is doing, and another thing that I have is a production company, so it’s not only that show where I’ll be in front of the camera but I have other shows where I’ll take an executive producer position. So that’s also part of the Beverly Johnson Luxurious Brand too.
How do you balance your personal life with being a businesswoman?
It’s just amazing how this all works. I’m just in the universe and I have wonderful things being brought to me and I’ve always been the kind of person that I just don’t turn my nose up at things when god is trying to bring me something. I’ve been able to pursue my business ventures and spend time with my mom, which is so important; and then my grandchildren. It just all works. I’m centered in myself and who I am and my purpose in life and somehow it all just flows.
Do you have reality TV guilty pleasures outside of the work you’re doing?
Some of them are really tragic to watch and I just can’t watch but I am grateful for Beverly’s Full House because it was a constructive show to watch and it shows how that can be just as entertaining as a fight in a car wreck so once again that just tells me that I’m doing the right thing, and I’m going in the right direction as far as constructive reality television.
On that note, is there anything else you want to add?
BeverlyJohnson.com and the shows and the hair care line. All of that and the grand kids and that’s enough for now.