In what may prove to be a legacy-demolishing first-person account, published earlier today by Vanity Fair, supermodel Beverly Johnson tells her story of being drugged by comedian and TV-sitcom legend Bill Cosby at his home in New York City.
As an international fashion model, Johnson was a trailblazer, and will forever be remembered as the "first black model" to appear on the cover of American Vogue, in 1974, and French Elle, in 1975. She may also have been the first Native model to appear on either or both covers—a BBC article from July says that her father was "a Native American," and a feature at Vogue Italia identifies his Native heritage as Blackfoot.
Titled simply "Bill Cosby Drugged Me. This Is My Story," Johnson's must-read account is shocking, but in keeping with the recent allegations that have surfaced from numerous women.
"Now that other women have come forward with their nightmare stories, I join them," Johnson writes. "I had to use my voice as a sister, mother, and grandmother, and as a woman who knows that, according to the C.D.C., nearly one in five women has been sexually assaulted at some time in her life, and that women of color face an even higher attack rate."