- YEN stumbled upon this blog, 'TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE,' and we learned about the passing of the first well-celebrated supermodel who showed the world the pure black beauty
- Naomi Ruth Sims or better known in the modeling world as Naomi Sims is reportedly notable for being greatly admired as the face of 'Black is beautiful' movement in the industry of fashion
-Apparently, the 1969 and 1970, 'Model of the Year' awardee lived quite a tough life before being widely famous and highly recognized by the fashion industry and other reputable institutions and bodies.
Ms. Sims was born on March 30, 1948, in Mississippi in Oxford where she's the youngest of 3 girls of Mr. & Mrs. Sims.
Her father, John Sims, who she reportedly never knew worked as a porter and just shortly after she was born, her parents divorced.
The widely celebrated first African-American supermodel was already a stunning young lady at the age of 13 where she already measured 5'10.
Her bio stated that she left her hometown and moved to Pennsylvania in hopes to acquire a preferable schooling chances.
Before becoming a widely renowned supermodel in her time, Naomi Sims had quite a tough life.
With her towering height and distinct southern accent, the model got often teased.
Thus, she reportedly felt alone at that time.
Moreover, her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Sims, apparently was forced to place her under the foster care.
Due to her height, she was reportedly left out or excluded by a lot of her classmates while attending Westinghouse High school.
However, Naomi Sims still walk with pride and dignity, and she accredits her Catholic faith for teaching her that.
She started college after she won a scholarship to the 'Fashion Institute of Technology' in New York City, while she was also taking psychology night classes at New York University.
Due to her dire need of money to finance her schooling, she began her modeling career in 1967 all by herself.
Ms. Sims began posing for illustrators as well as through established agencies after running short on money.
Though she felt frustrated seeing that racial prejudice was existing and happening in some agencies.
Apparently, she got told that her skin was 'too dark.'
Nonetheless, that didn't stop her to continue her dreams and be known.
The racial comments only made her stronger and braver to push through.
And so, in 1968, she was able to break through as she became the first African-American model to grace the cover of 'Ladies' Home Journal.'
Henceforth, she got noticed and eventually landed on several covers making her prominent both internationally and domestically.
Other celebrities couldn't help but took notice of her beauty.
Over time, she became a widely celebrated supermodel who paved the way for other aspiring black top models to take on the same journey.
As her bio narrates, Ms. Sims 'taught black skinned women to cherish their individual beauty.'
Over time, she became a well-respected and highly acclaimed top model, writer, and businesswoman.
She got married to Michael Findlay in 1973 and divorced in 1991.
They both had one child who they named Bob.
However, Naomi Sims died at the age of 61 in New Jersey in Newark on August 1, 2009, due to breast cancer.
Indeed, without a doubt, she was a force worth to be reckoned.
Isn't her story inspiringly life-changing?