XIOX MAGAZINE Volume 2 Issue 7 - Page 12

B everly Peele was one of the top five African American Supermodels in the late 80’s thru 2005. Beverly has been on over 250 magazine covers world wide, walked countless catwalks for the industries best and been in numerous music videos alongside great talents such as George Michael, Paul McCartney, Heavy D and more! Beverly is widely recog- nized as the first African American model to be on the cover of Mademoiselle, which launched in 1989 and she was a mere 13 years old. Another first was when she became the first African American model to have a mannequin created in her likeness, which was displayed in stores such as Saks, Macy’s and Bloomingdales. Her career was vibrant and colorful and has led her to begin working on her biography. Beverly finds herself busy with film, television and more! Beverly also has her eye on launching a placement agency for young models. She would act as a liaison to help guide up-and-coming models to find an agency that suits them best. At the age of 42, she is living life to the fullest and describes this portion of her life as “her prime”. Beverly is currently on Lifetime Networks “GROWING UP SUPERMODEL, “ which is a new reality show where you will be introduced to her daughter Cairo. The show follows the lives of celebrity kids and how they fair while living in the shadow of their parents. How old were you when you began modeling? I started modeling when I was 12 ½. How were you first discovered and what went through your mind? Well, I guess I was discovered at a modeling convention called IMTA, International Model And Talent Association One of the best competitions to be in if you want to be a Actor or Model, or Dancer. etc… One can only imagine what went thru my mind at that age? I was thinking where do the boys hang out? LOL Did you dream of becoming a super model? No, my big dream was to be a dancer with Alvin Ailey Company in New York, or a plumber! No, really! I loved to take pipes apart and put them back together and get dirty and stuff. No, I didn’t want to clean out nasty toilets, but any kind of pipe other than a toilet and I was on it…. Did your family support your modeling career? Of course, it was my mother who wanted me to become a model more then me! I just wanted to make her happy, so I went along with it. My dad was so proud but they really raised me with the notion that family is #1. Can you tell us a little about your first photoshoot?  My first photo-shoot? I remember it was for $50k and in San Francisco with a famous photographer named Bruce Webber, for Versace. I was not excited for shooting with a known photographer, nor for the fact it was Versace. I was truly excited to be flying alone and when I get home I was taking all my friends in a limo to Magic Mountain and so we could all go on the roller coaster. What was your favorite part of modeling? One of my favorite parts of modeling is the traveling, it’s free and you get to go to some of the most beautiful places in the world, eat at the best restaurants, wear the most expensive clothes (and sometimes keep them), meet famous peo- ple, spend a lot of money, make a lot of money, men fall in love with you every other day, oh, that was not one thing. Oops, sorry there is a lot to be favorited in my biz!!!! What was your least favorite part of modeling? I don’t really have a least fav part! What was your scariest moment in your career? The scariest moment in my career? I can’t remember? What is life like after you walk away from modeling? I don’t know, but when I do walk away from it I will be sure to let you know?