Naomi Sims: Cancer Kills Another Beauty

August 4th, 2009 - 6:20 pm ICT by GD  

a_nsims02Naomi Sims an icon of the Afro-American race, who is often depicted to be the first black supermodel died on Saturday, in New York due to cancer, said her son Bob Findlay. She was 61. The super model’s death brought to an end of an era.

This fem-fatale was not only just an exquisite beauty but a pioneer in her own field.She took to designing wigs for black women particularly because mostly wigs were being manufactured for Caucasian hair. She used her own oven at home for straightening hair on wigs which suited her colored body and physique.She even turned down meaty roles in Hollywood, for the movie Cleopatra Jones, for personal reservations on how the ‘black skin’ was being represented in society.

She was ostracized in her academic years for being extremely tall, 5′10″ at the mere age of thirteen; but it only made her more determined to stand out she said. Her wig company Metropa marked her success as a pioneer in the beauty industry.

She gave up modeling after five years of success and put her mind to the multimillion beauty business. She put to good use what she learned at the Fashion Institute of Technology, as modeling had been her only option to curtail her financial constraints. She ruled the ramp in 60s and 70s, with her regal and commanding persona. In 1969 Naomi appeared on the Life magazine and had already appeared on the “Ladies Home Journal” by 18. She had worked for eminent designers like Gorgio de Sant’ Angelo and Halstan.

She was certainly an idol to many upcoming models. She is said to have done her own make-up when she started, as assistants failed to understand her inner beauty. She was an icon in the truest sense.

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