Naomi Sims, beauty pioneer and the first black model to appear on the cover of Ladies' Home Journal, has died.
Naomi Sims was beautiful and a successful businesswoman.
Getting the fashion world to acknowledge that did more than fling open the door of opportunity for future Naomis and it did more than present a beautiful black woman to America.
There was a time before Sims, where the beauty ideal was actually a societal declaration that what we are was not what beauty is...and there was the time after Sims, still dominated by a beauty standard sans diversity but no longer absent a challenge to that shit.
Many will dismiss the importance of Naomi Sims as long lost history. Others will dismiss the role of fashion.
But I will always remember seeing her picture, so lovely and brown, and thinking she was beautiful…not beautiful despite her color but beautiful having embraced it. And I know that had a positive impact on how I viewed my chocolate brown self.
Naomi Sims was 61 years old.
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