The world’s first Black supermodel, Naomi Sims, has passed away. Many of you may not know who this woman is, but if you are over 30 and have ever played in your mama or grand mama’s make-up collection, then you know how grand this modeling diva was. Before there was a Naomi (Campbell), Beverly Johnson, or Iman, there was Naomi Sims. This groundbreaking model was featured on the cover of The Ladies Home Journal in 1968, Life Magazine in 1969 and Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1973. She was a staple on the Paris runways and was a favorite of designer Halston, who said of the model “When she puts on a garment, something marvelous just happens.”
When Naomi retired from the catwalk she became an author, writing 5 best selling books on beauty and health care. She also created a make-up and skincare line that grossed millions of dollars and made the model a staple in the cosmetics bags of Black women everywhere.
I personally remember using the models products when I was a little girl. My Grandmother loved her some Naomi Sims and Fashion Fair cosmetics and I loved playing with them- using lipstick as eyeshadow- something that annoyed my Grandmother to no end- lol.
Naomi was 61 years old…