August 4, 2009

News: First Black Super Model Dies

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:39 pm by Staff

Grand dame, great beauty and pioneer in the fashion industry Naomi Sims has died of cancer. She was 61 years old.
"Naomi Sims was an incredible role model – a trailblazer who helped to define black beauty and open the doors for all of the African American models we see today — and a savvy businesswoman," a shaken Beverly Johnsontold Black Voices. "Mostly, she was a friend and someone I greatly admired. We lost a truly dynamic woman."
Sims was born in Oxford, Miss., on March 30, 1948. An awkward teen — 5-foot-10 by the time she was 13 — Sims and her family left the segregated South and moved to Pittsburgh, where she completed high school.

Sim’s mother took ill, and the gangly teen and her two sisters were placed in foster care. After graduation, the ambitious beauty moved to New York City to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Because of financial constraints, Sims left school and began modeling in the big city. She broke through at the age of 18 when she appeared on the cover of Ladies Home Journal. She was the magazine’s first African American cover model. In 1969, Sims appeared on a simple yet striking cover of Life magazine.

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