Eunice Johnson founder of the Ebony Fashion Show died Monday. She brought style to places that had only seen real fashion in magazines. She went to the fashion houses in Europe when the only black people they had seen before were coming to clean up. She was a strong black woman with an incredible vision. “Johnson had been the director and producer of the Ebony Fashion Fair since 1961. The traveling high fashion charity event that showcases black designers and models is staged in nearly 200 cities each year. Ads for the show have featured singer Aretha Franklin, and actor Richard Roundtree made his debut as a model with the show.”* The fashion show was also a money making vehicle for black fraternities, sororities and historically black colleges. “Along with her husband, Johnson developed a popular makeup and skin-care line — Fashion Fair Cosmetics — specifically for women of color. The products are sold in many high-end department stores. She was a secretary-treasurer of Johnson Publishing, which produces JET and Ebony, two of the longest-running black-oriented magazines in the country. Mrs. Johnson has always been a woman ahead of her time,” the publisher said. Mrs. Johnson made a tremendous impact on the fashion industry, showcasing the best in style on African-American models of various shapes, sizes and skin tones.”* This fall the decision was made to cancel the annual fashion show. It was very expensive to put on this travelling fashion show and Ebony magazine could no longer support the endeavor. I had the opportunity to see the show years ago and it was wonderful to not only see traditional models, but this show featured full-figured models when other fashion shows shunned them. Mrs. Johnson was a true visionary. Mrs. Johnson also worked with her late husband John Johnson who founded and published Ebony and Jet magazine. These magazines were once the only place where black people were celebrated. The magazines chronicled the struggles of segregation, the civil rights movement and more recently the candidacy of Barack Obama. Mrs. Johnson did it all with style and grace and we will never see another like her.