On Saturday, March 31, at 10/9c, entrepreneur Beverly Johnson will debut her new docu-series Beverly’s Full House on OWN, adding to the full-range beauty line she launched this Spring.

While Johnson currently wears many hats — mother, entrepreneur and philanthropist — she first stepped onto the scene as a supermodel, paving the way for brown beauties in the mainstream fashion world by becoming the first Black woman to grace the covers of American Vogue and French Elle magazines. Here, Johnson talks to ESSENCE about breaking down color barriers and the iconic photos that changed fashion.