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Black Woman In Action: Supermodel Beverly Johnson Receives McDonalds 365Black Award

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Reported By: Britt L

The first black model to ever appear in American Vogue is now a McDonald’s 365 Black Award recipient. Supermodel Beverly Johnson, along with other 2013 nominees, Gladys Knight and Leanna Archer, were nominated for the award that is annually dedicated to only African Americans. The award is granted to those who contribute positive change to the African American community.

Usually, the award would be granted to the recipient during a BET network show. However, this award was given out during the 2013 Essence Festival in New Orleans.

“McDonald’s is proud to recognize this year’s recipients for positively shaping our communities each day,” said McDonald’s U.S. marketing director, Rob Jackson. “We are excited to share this historic ceremony with the consumers whose lives are impacted by the work of our honorees,” Jackson added.

In an exclusive interview with Tené Croom outside of the awards ceremony, Johnson expresses her gratitude towards the award.

“I am honored to receive the award,” said Johnson. “It’s always great to be acknowledged. I’ve worked really hard. It’s always great to show people if I can do it you can do it too.”

Johnson, who owns her own line of wigs and hair products for African American women, also gives back to the community by working with kids who have learning disabilities.

“Recently I’ve been working with a lot of children,” says Beverly. I think because I’m a grandmother of two children and the international spokesperson for the Global Down Syndrome. ”

The model and actress also shares that she has a niece who suffers from Down Syndrome.

McDonald’s 365 Black sets the goal of providing “new space for celebrating African American history and culture 365 days a year”. Notable recipients include Steve Perry, funk diva Chaka Khan and Bishop TD Jakes.

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