Naomi Sims 1948-2009

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Legendary Model, Naomi Sims passed away this weekend after a long bout with cancer. Ms. Sims was the first African-American Super Model. In 1968 she became the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of Ladies Home Journal-a huge accomplishment for that time. She went on to appear on the cover of Life and Cosmopolitan. While she is recognized for breaking down racial barriers in the modeling industry, she was simultaneously overcoming her own private pain of having been in foster care as a child and her insecurities with her appearance. Ms. Sims later took her talents to the business world, penning several books about health, success, entrepreneurship and beauty for black women and eventually started her own successful wig collection. Images of her in Life Magazine are still on display today in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Thank you, Ms. Sims.

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