Eunice Walker Johnson (Eunice Johnson)

Eunice Walker Johnson

Business Magnate. Founder, Director and Producer, Ebony Fashion Fair; Secretary-Treasurer, Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.; Co-Creator, Fashion Fair Cosmetics; Widow of John H. Johnson, Founder of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. which is the largest African-American owned publishing company in the United States. She is credited with naming the company’s premier magazine, EBONY, which along with Jet magazine are two of the longest running and popular African-American oriented magazines in the country. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama and furthered her education at Loyola University in Chicago, where she earned a master’s degree in Social Work. Desiring to bring couture fashion to the Black middle class, she has produced the Ebony Fashion Fair since 1961. This traveling charity fashion event which featured Black designers and models has raised over $55 million dollars and is viewed as the largest traveling fashion show of its kind. It was during one of these fashion shows that she noticed how difficult it was for the models to find cosmetics in shades that matched their skin tone, so along with her husband she developed Fashion Fair cosmetics, which is still sold in high-end stores today. (bio by: Legacy)  Family links:  Spouse:  John Harold Johnson (1918 – 2005)

Born

  • April, 04, 1916
  • USA

Died

  • January, 01, 2010
  • USA

Cemetery

  • Oak Woods Cemetery
  • Illinois
  • USA

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