Met Museum Pays Tribute To Eunice Johnson

Met Museum Pays Tribute to Eunice Johnson

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Former President Bill Clinton, who gave the keynote address, with Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Co., (right) and her daughter Alexa Rice. (Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.)


On Monday some of the biggest names in fashion, publishing, and politics paid tribute to Eunice W. Johnson, fashion icon, and a founder of Ebony magazine at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Johnson, who died Jan. 3 at age 93, was lauded as a pioneer in fashion and business by both former President Bill Clinton, who gave the keynote speech at the Temple of Dendur, and President Barack Obama.

Johnson served as producer and director of the Ebony Fashion Fair from 1961 until 2009. Ebony Fashion Fair, was the world’s largest traveling fashion show, and featured black models and designers. Johnson was also involved in the creation of Fashion Fair Cosmetics in 1973 as an answer to problems black models were having in finding make up that matched their darker skin tones.

Here, see a slideshow of the celebration: