Sims, Naomi

1st African-American supermodel, businesswoman, author

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(1948-2009) African-American model, businesswoman and author, 1st African American supermodel. Won scholarship to Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, also taking night classes in psychology at NYU. Early attempts to get modeling work through established agencies were frustrated by racial prejudice, some agencies telling her that her skin was too dark. Her first career breakthrough came after a New York Times photographer agreed to photograph her for the cover of the paper's August 1967 fashion supplement. She approached former model Wilhelmina Cooper, starting her own agency, saying that she would send out copies of the Times supplement to ad agencies, attaching Cooper's telephone number, and that her agency would get a commission if Naomi received any work. Within a year Sims was earning $1,000 a week, her key breakthrough coming when she was selected for an AT&T national TV campaign wearing Bill Blass clothes. She was one of the first successful Black models while still in her teens, and achieved worldwide recognition from late 60s into early 70s, appearing on covers of prestigious fashion and popular magazines. Her appearance as the first Black model on the cover of the Nov. 1968 Ladies’ Home Journal was “a consummate moment of the ‘Black is Beautiful’ movement", said the Times. She also appeared on the Oct. 17, 1969 cover of Life. Eschewing Hollywood, in 1973 she retired from modeling to start her own business. She created a successful wig collection fashioned after texture of straightened Black hair, expanding into a multimillion -dollar beauty empire and 5 books on modeling and beauty. Autograph Sentiment (“Thank you!”) Signed on 6 x 4 ˝ light green autograph album page (in- person signature), np, nd.

Condition: Very good
Type:Autograph Sentiment Signed






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