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Supermodel, Naomi Sims – RIP

“Naomi Sims, the first black supermodel, died of cancer Saturday in Newark at age 61, the New York Times reports. Sims broke barriers when she made the cover of Ladies Home Journal in 1968 — becoming the first black model to do so on a mainstream women’s magazine. It was a defining achievement for the “Black is Beautiful” movement at the time – and Sims went on to appear on the covers of Life, Cosmopolitan and Essence.
She became a successful runway walker for big-time designers like Halston and landed a TV campaign for AT&T alongside two other models, one white and one Asian, says the Times. Upon retiring from catwalking, she started her own business making wigs for African American women after noticing a lack of products available on the market. She later expanded her business to include cosmetics and fragrances, and wrote advice novels, including “How to be a Top Model” and “All About Health and Beauty for the Black Woman,” published in 1986.”



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  1. Diata August 5, 2009 Reply

    Very beautiful! She paved a way for other ethnic models as well. While most think only caucasian models “have it” they probably didn’t want to overpopulated the industry with just “us” so instead, look for the in between. Too bad people still have that way of thinking! What a loss. Hopefully all models of every ethnicity will do their homework and learn to finish killing those runway shows! Walk tall, walk on!

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