A pioneer and icon to the fashion industry, Naomi Sims paved the way for the acceptance of black models and continued to be influential in the lives of her fans and peers with a multimillion dollar cosmetic company. She leaves behind a legacy after her passing this past summer. Let's reflect and honor Naomi Sims.
Considered the "first Black supermodel," Naomi Sims was first seen on the cover of Ladies Home Journal in 1968. Sims later went on to grace the covers of Life and Cosmo and walk for legendary houses like Halston. After five years, Sims left modeling and became wildly successful with her multimillion dollar company Naomi Sims Cosmetics and authored five books on health and beauty for Black women.
Naomi Sims opened doors for darker-hued models at a time when racial ambiguity was highly prized, as seen with the also legendary, Donyale Luna. Because of Naomi Sims, we have Naomi Campbell and so on.