Before her marriage to Brian Reynolds, Johnson has been married twice. She married John Cale in 1968 and divorced in 1971. She then married Jeffery Olivere in 1981 and brought the marriage to an end in 1984.
In the 1970s, Johnson took control of the fashion label “Alley Cat” which was popular with the rock n roll musicians of the day. In the first year, her debut collection for Alley Cat reportedly sold $5 million in volume.
Johnson started her fashion line in 1978. Her second collection did not sell well, leaving her with 3,000 pieces of spring clothing and insufficient funds to stage a 1981 fashion show to sell them and Johnson opened a retail store in the SoHo area of New York City.