*Ten years ago Bevy Smith left her mid six-figure job as a Fashion Ad Director to pursue a career as a media personality.
In an attempt to establish and expand her brand, she created her Dinner with Bevy series to connect power-players with celebrities, launched her Life With Vision event to help people manifest their life goals, and she now hosts her own podcast, Bevy Says.
Essence caught up with the media maven to discuss her fabulous lifestyle and the lessons she’s learned on her journey, as well as her new radio show on Sirius XM called Bevelations. Bevy tells the publication that she has Andy Cohen to thank for being “like a fairy godfather” throughout her career.
Below are excerpts from Bevy’s interview, which you can read in full here.
Bevelations is under Andy Cohen’s new venture, Radio Andy. How did your show come about?
Bevelations came about because Andy Cohen is my mensch. You know what that word means? It’s a Yiddish term and it basically means someone who is like a caregiver, someone who watches over you. Kind of like a fairy godfather. Since I met him eight or nine years ago he has consistently tried to work with me on so many different levels. He gave me Fashion Queens, but before he gave me Fashion Queens he had me in a pilot for another show and out of that show came a segment called Bevelations, which he actually created the title. The show didn’t go anywhere, but I kept the name. So when he gave me the show he was like, ‘Don’t you think we should call it Bevelations?’ And I was like, ‘Hell yeah!’ That’s how the show came about. It’s kind of an amalgamation of my social media.
For those who don’t know your story, give us the brief rundown of how you were unhappy in your Fashion Ad Director job and left it all to follow your passion.
I was very blessed to have a really incredible career as a Fashion Ad Director at VIBE and then at Rolling Stone magazine. Going to Paris and Milan six times a year and making a very nice mid six-figure salary is nothing to sneer at, especially if you’re a little brown girl from Harlem. I was very aware of how blessed I was. However, at a point when you find yourself medicating by being a shopaholic—one of the worst things in the world is women thinking that being a shopaholic is cute—that’s not cute. You’re masking something. I arrived in Milan one day and I realized I was surrounded by opulence and I was miserable. I vowed that day that I was going to change my life. I didn’t really know how I was going to, but I decided at that moment that I was not going to allow people to call me Beverly from VIBE. I was going to make people start introducing me as Beverly Smith. And then a little while later I decided I was going to change my name to Bevy because Beverly Smith was so synonymous with that part of the business and I wanted to morph into a new character. That was a whole interesting experiment in itself.
What do you hope your legacy will be, or do you even think about that?
Of course, darling. What I know for sure is that I am a connector. That is my greatest gift. I am a conduit. One of my greatest abilities is I am to bring people together and really foster the incredible connections and relationships and I’m going to continue to do that. I am going to continue to be a facilitator for people that don’t ever dare to dream. I’m going to teach people to dream and then I’m going to teach them to manifest. That will be my legacy.
You can listen to Bevelations daily on SiriusXM’s channel 102 at 6PM EST.