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At 67 Years Old, JoAni Johnson Is Not Your Typical Model | HYPEBAE

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At 67 Years Old, JoAni Johnson Is Not Your Typical Model | HYPEBAE

The Harlem native and FENTY model shares her fashion and life wisdom with us.

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JoAni Johnson has been an avid fashion lover since as long as she can remember, but modeling is quite an unexpected career that she only started pursuing in her mid-60s.

After appearing in a viral 2016 Allure video dispelling the beauty myths about aging gracefully, the Harlem native has become a New York Fashion Week regular over the past few seasons, walking down the runway for brands like Deveaux and CDLM. Chances are you’ve seen her in a recent fashion campaign as well. From Pyer Moss to Rihanna‘s LVMH luxury maison FENTY, the 67-year-old model has fronted advertisements for some of the buzziest fashion labels today.

“At 5’4, black and 67 years of age I am not your typical model in the general defined way,” Johnson told us as we shot this editorial against the backdrop of Chinatown, Manhattan. “What I represent though is not a fad, so essentially my new career is positively challenging the status quo.”