Wednesday, August 5, 2009

In Memoriam: Naomi Sims (1948-2009)

Naomi Sims
Naomi Sims, whose appearance as the first black model on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal in November 1968 was a consummate moment of the Black is Beautiful movement, and who went on to design successful collections of wigs and cosmetics for black women under her name, died Saturday in Newark. She was 61 and lived in Newark.

She died of cancer, said her son, Bob Findlay. Ms. Sims is sometimes referred to as the first black supermodel. “Naomi was the first,” the designer Halston told The New York Times in 1974. “She was the great ambassador for all black people. She broke down all the social barriers.” [Continue Reading Article From New York Times]
It is always sad when pioneers in the Black Community pass away. Ms. Sims is truly one of those pioneers who blazed a trail for all of the professional models of Color out here ripping the runways and setting pages of glossies on fire today.
Our condolences to her family & loved ones.
Be sure to check out these great posts about the life of Ms. Naomi Sims:

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