Naomi Sims

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  1. dfl-001

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    [FONT=Verdana,Sans-serif][FONT=Verdana,Sans-serif]Naomi Sims, among first black models, dies at 61 [/FONT][/FONT][FONT=Verdana,Sans-serif]

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    This May 1970 file photo shows model Naomi Sims in New York. Sims, the fashion model who in 1968 became the first black model to appear on the cover of Ladies' Home Journal, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009. She was 61.
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    August 4, 2009
    NEW YORK (AP) - Naomi Sims, whose 1968 Ladies' Home Journal cover shot was a breakthrough for black fashion models, has died. She was 61.
    Sims, said by some to be the first black supermodel, died Saturday of breast cancer in Newark, N.J., said her brother-in-law Alexander Erwiah, the president of Naomi Sims Beauty Products. It had been decades since she left the runway to become an author and launch her own beauty empire.
    Sims attained success at the same time that the "Black is Beautiful" movement was taking hold, and her accomplishments as a barrier-breaking African-American model helped pave the way for the black runway stars of the 1970s, including Pat Cleveland, Alva Chinn and Beverly Johnson.
    Sims often spoke of her difficult start - as a gangly foster-care kid in Pittsburgh who towered over the other children in her school. In 1966, she came to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology on scholarship.
    [FONT=Verdana,Sans-serif]When she began approaching modeling agencies, she was turned down again and again - with some telling her that her skin was too dark. Instead of giving up, she pushed forward and approached photographers directly.
    The approach landed her the cover of The New York Times' August 1967 fashion supplement. She used that photo to market herself directly to advertising agencies, and within a year she was earning $1,000 a
    [FONT=Verdana,Sans-serif]week and appearing in a national television campaign for AT&T. Before long, she was modeling for top designers.
    Sims gave up modeling after five years and launched her own wig-making business geared toward black women. She eventually expanded the multimillion-dollar business to include beauty salons and cosmetics, and she wrote "All About Health and Beauty for the Black Woman" and other books.
    Sims was born in Oxford, Miss., in 1948. Her parents divorced soon after she was born and her mother moved Sims and her two sisters to Pittsburgh.
    Besides her son, Sims is survived by a sister, Betty, [FONT=Verdana,Sans-serif][FONT=Verdana,Sans-serif][FONT=Verdana,Sans-serif]and a granddaughter.[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]
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    [FONT=Verdana,Sans-serif]Information from: The New York Times, www.[/FONT][FONT=Verdana,Sans-serif][FONT=Verdana,Sans-serif]nytimes.com[/FONT][/FONT]
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    She was stunning, and a good model, RIP.
     
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    More pictures from fashionologie.com

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    photo by Stan Shaffer

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    Interview December 1972

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    Harper's Bazaar 1971 with Halston
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    Halston referred to her as "the first [black supermodel]" in 1974: "She was the great ambassador for all black people. She broke down all the social barriers.”

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    Life October 1969

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    Vogue 1971
     
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    Oh, didn't know she had a thread! Ugh, I miss her, she's gorgeous!
     
  5. Urban Stylin

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    she was quite versatille! may she rest in peace
     
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    1st off DFL,my man thanks for starting this thread:flower:! Naomi is simply a great model and great lady:blush:. I just wanna say this,Naomi Sims is one of the few who really did elevate models of color in a big way. Needless to say I'm still sad about her passing. Naomi matters STILL because she NEVER downplayed her race,was full of class & smarts. She became a success & she did it the right way:heart:. Although her career was somewhat short(by her own doing,she made her money & moved on),it is loooooong on meaning! Furthermore,unlike several in the business she didn't die a broken woman. She was always a pilar of strengh,pride,promise and hope from start to end. I will also say IMHO she's the most important black model to come along in the 1960s.
     
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    Naomi on the runway for Halson in 1972. Photo Source:soulstyle
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    Probably my favorite model to emerge in the 1960s...
    1969 by Yale Joel. Photo Source:Soustyle
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    Naomi by Steven Meisel early/mid-1990s scanned by me. Photo Souce:soulstyle
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    A bigger version of her stunning Life cover.
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    ^^_^!
    Another great shot from the classic Life Magazine feature:heart:. Photo Source:Soulstyle forum
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    A magazine shot(1973):flower:. Photo Source:soulstyle.free-forums.org
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    HQ of her Wonderful Cosmo cover.
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    Cosmopolitan US August 1973 :
    Naomi Sims
    by Francesco Scavullo
    Hair Style by Frenchie
    of Casdulan
    Make up by Way Bandy
    Fashion by Halston

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    ^Thanks. One of my favorites! There's a UK version that is super hot! I will try to find it....
     
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    Naomi Sims(1981). Photo Source:Soulstyle
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    US Harper's Bazaar March 1971

    Great Going Good Looks
    Photo Bill King
    Models Elsa Peretti, Naomi Sims, Halston, Pat Cleveland, Charly Stember, Donna Mitchell, Lauren Hutton, Lynn Sutherland, Sally Kellerman & Unknowns
    Hair Tom Nagasue
    Makeup Jürgen

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    Stunning!
     
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    US Vogue February 1, 1969

    Photo Bert Stern
    Model Candice Bergen

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    American Collections Report Pt.1
    Photo Irving Penn
    Models Editha Dussler, Windsor Eliot, Viviane Fauny & Naomi Sims
    Hair Suga, Kenneth & Alan

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    American Collections Report Pt.2

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