Legendary model and mogul Naomi Sims, one of the first Black supermodels, is dead after a long bout with cancer. ESSENCE.com remembers the life of a woman who defined the term “Black is beautiful.”
Celebrating Naomi Sims
One of the world’s first Black supermodels, Mississippi-born beauty Naomi Sims, passed away August 3, 2009, after a bout with cancer. She was 61. Sims personified the term “Black is beautiful,” while breaking racial barriers both on the runway and as businesswoman.
By Qianna Smith and Bridgette Bartlett