Beverly Peele is an American model and actress who rose to fame during the 1990s as a cover model for fashion magazines. She was a model for many high-profile clothing and fragrance companies, and has appeared on over 250 covers worldwide.
Peele was born in 1975 in Los Angeles, California. She began her career when she was eleven, at which time her mother enrolled her in an etiquette class to become more graceful. Peele appeared to be a natural, winning modeling contests just a few months after her debut in 1987 and soon began modeling at catwalk shows in Paris at the age of twelve. In 1989 she signed her first cover modeling deal for Mademoiselle magazine, appearing on the cover of the February and April issues. Soon after, she appeared on the cover of Seventeen magazine, targeting teenage girls like herself.
By the age of fourteen, Peele had made over a million dollars and gained popularity going into the 1990s. In 1991, she was photographed with Naomi Campbell for Elle magazine, and made her Vogue cover debut the following year. Now a high-profile face associated with Ralph Lauren, Versace, and Chanel, Peele soon branched out and appeared in music videos for George Michael’s “Too Funky” (with Tyra Banks) and Heavy D. and the Boyz’s “Nuttin’ But Love,” though she continued to model for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.
After having a baby (daughter Cairo) in 1995, Peele briefly retired from on-camera work, only to begin an acting career in 1997 with a guest appearance on the TV show Sister, Sister. Peele went on to appear in the TV series Girlfriends in 2002.
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