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What Model Beverly Johnson Can’t Live Without

Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images, Illustration: Joe McKendry

If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair but the hairspray and the electric toothbrush. We asked model and entrepreneur Beverly Johnson — who recently became the face of skin-care brand Retrouvé — about the mattress, foundation, and bra she can’t live without.

I was watching The Oprah Winfrey Show, oh, I don’t know, a decade ago at this point, and she said, “Soma bras are the best bras in the world!” I was like, Yeah, okay. Whatever, Oprah. Then I was walking down the street, and next to Chico’s, I saw a Soma store. I went in and bought the bra she talked about on a whim. Oprah was right — this is the best bra. I’ve been buying them ever since. There’s no wire, and it’s made out of a really comfortable material. It covers everything really well and gives support without feeling constricting. I used to be a braless person because I love comfort, but now I can wear a bra and not embarrass my daughter.

As a Black model, you usually have to run around with your own foundation. Throughout most of my career, very few makeup artists were equipped to work with Black models, so I got used to carrying my own stuff. Then I met this Black makeup artist named Uzo, and when I handed her my foundation, she said, “I’m not using that. I have the foundation for you.” Not only was that just a wonderful experience, but I fell in love with this foundation. That was it for me. It’s beautiful and light. You see your skin through it. You can wear it all day long and it doesn’t get cakey. I’ve tried a lot, and it’s the best.

My bathroom looks like a CVS beauty aisle. I’m just so into products. Drugstore products and the most expensive products in the world — I want them all. I’m a model, I can’t help it. This cleansing product (it’s a spongy thing with a cleanser in it) was in a gift bag I got at an event. The first time I used it, I thought it was very, very good. It really cleanses the skin — maybe a little too much if you’re not careful. It feels so good to use, and I love the concept of a bar as a cleanser, instead of a foam or whatever. I’ve been using it nonstop ever since I got it in that gift bag.


I did the Anthony Anderson Celebrity Golf Classic in Palm Desert, and some Tuft & Needle pillows were in the swag bag. I was like, Oh my goodness, these pillows are unbelievable. There was also a card in there with the brand’s contact number and more information, so my fiancé Brian called to learn more about their products. He came to me and said, “Beverly, they have mattresses!” We had been looking for a mattress. Full disclosure: They sent us one to try out. But oh boy, I would buy this mattress over and over again. When it arrived, it came in a box and I was complaining the whole time: “This is ridiculous, there’s no way a comfortable mattress could fit in a box this size.” But we get the best sleep ever. It’s fabulous. I’m a light sleeper and so is Brian, and I don’t hear him get up. I sleep on my back with my arms crossed, and I’ve been told that when I do that, my eyes stay halfway open. Brian said I scared him.