RIP: Naomi Sims [1949-2009]

1969 Naomi Sims Life Magazine Cover

“There is nothing sadder than an old, broke model, and there are many models who have nothing at the end of their career,”  Ms. Sims told The Times in 1969.

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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.

Naomi Sims 1969-10-17 Life Magazine Yale Joel

…in the current Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition “The Model as Muse.” In a catalog, the curators Harold Koda and Kohle Yohannan wrote, “The beautifully contoured symmetry of Sims’s face and the lithe suppleness of her body presented on the once-exclusionary pages of high-fashion journals were evidence of the wider societal movement of Black Pride and the full expression of ‘Black is Beautiful.’ ”

via  The New York Times | Obituaries