Pioneering Cover Girl, Naomi Sims, Dead At 61

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Bill Cunningham/The New York Times

Bill Cunningham/The New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

Naomi Sims, whose appearance as the first black model on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal in November 1968 was a consummate moment of the Black is Beautiful movement, and who went on to design successful collections of wigs and cosmetics for black women under her name, died Saturday in Newark. She was 61, her family said, and lived in Newark.

She died of cancer, said her son, Bob Findlay.

Ms. Sims is sometimes referred to as the first black supermodel.

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