RLJ Companies » Robert L. Johnson, Founder & Chairman
The cosmetic line – a prestige makeup brand – continues to be one of the top selling beauty brands in America today. Johnson founded it in 1973 after she tired of specially mixing colors to match the skin tones of her models.
The RLJ Companies, founded by Robert L
“I knew Mrs. Johnson well and worked with her for one year, making her annual trips to Europe and New York,” Talley said in a statement released for the exhibition. “It was a unique moment to capture how a visionary believed aspirational fashion could enhance the black community and raise funds for local charities. It’s an honor to celebrate this exhibition.”
The Ebony Fashion Fair not only raised money for charitable organizations, it also raised the profile of up-and-coming African-American designers and models mentored by Johnson. Designers such as Lenora Levon and Quinton de’ Alexander found commercial success under the tutelage of Johnson. And models such as Pat Cleveland, Judy Pace and Terri Springer went on to have successful careers after appearing in the shows.