Such was the weird life of the rich that Johnson witnessed as the first black supermodel, the first African-American model to appear on the cover of Vogue.In her new memoir, “The Face That Changed It All,” Johnson details the glamorous and decadent side of modeling, telling of parties such as Halston’s, with “[cocaine] presented in small salad bowls alongside tall glasses of champagne.” Along the way, she kept company with Oprah, feuded with Eileen Ford, befriended Michael Jackson, had relationships or dalliances with the likes of Mike Tyson and Eddie Murphy and saw the world.Tyson “gushed” about how much of a fan he was of hers, telling her “how beautiful I was,” and asking her on a date.
(Sadly, Johnson does not share Jagger’s response.) Her relationship with Mike Tyson was more satisfying.
The two met just before Tyson — then 20, 15 years Johnson’s junior — was scheduled to fight for the heavyweight championship of the world.
The two went out for a while, and Johnson says that Ashe’s “four-hour, hot-and-heavy tennis matches developed endurance muscles in every area of the body.
“We had all-night lovemaking sessions,” she writes.
And amidst the industry’s predators, there was, she writes, sadly but unsurprisingly, Cosby.