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First Black Supermodel turned Multimillionaire Entrepreneur Naomi Sims Dies


Model Naomi Sims died after suffering from cancer on Saturday. She was 61.

Sims was regarded as the supermodel for appearing on the cover of Ladies Home Journal in November 1968, a when African- models were few and far between. She subsequently modeled for designers like Halston, Fernand o Sánchez, Teal Traina, and Giorgio di Sant’Angelo.

She also posed for many other magazine covers, and ”“ a 1969 cover of and a 1967 York Times fashion magazine over”“are on display in the Metropolitan Museum’s “The Model As Muse” exhibit. After five years, Sims retired from modeling and started a multimillion-dollar wig-making business that specialized in designs for black women.

Also known for her writing prowess, Sims penned several advice novels including “All About Health and Beauty for the Black Woman” and “How To Be a Top Model.” She also authored an advice column for Right On! magazine.

She was married to Manhattan art dealer Michael Findlay from 1973 to 1991. Sims is survived by a son Robert, a daughter, Betty, and a grand daughter.

Born in Oxford, Mississippi, Sims moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she attended school. Due to her height, she was ostracized by many of her classmates. Sims credits her upbringing as a Catholic for getting her through adolescence.

Sims began at the Fashion Institute of Technology in .

CEO of RF Focus, Radio and Music Industry Veteran. Radio DJ, Programmer, Musician and Voice Talent. Graduated from Performing Arts in Buffalo, N.Y. and worked at the legendary KKBT (92.3 The Beat) during its nationwide heyday in the early 90s. Also worked for Stevie Wonder at KJLH.