Supermodel Naomi Sims dies

04 August 2009

One of the fashion industry's most iconic figures died yesterday aged just 61, after a long battle with cancer. Naomi Sims was widely regarded as one of the world's first black supermodels after appearing in Cosmopolitan and Life magazines, and was the first African American model to appear on the cover of Ladies Home Journal: 'The beautifully contoured symmetry of Sims' face,' said the Metropolitan Museum of Art's curators Harold Koda and Kohle Yohannan, '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".' [Modelinia]


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