Before there was Naomi Campbell, there was Naomi Sims. Sims was the first Black supermodel
Before there was Naomi Campbell, there was Naomi Sims. Sims was the first Black supermodel. The chocolate beauty broke barriers and gained success by appearing on the cover of many high-profile publications such as Life. Sims modeled for the likes of Halston, Fernando Sánchez and Giorgio di Sant’Angelo. Nevertheless, Sims did not simply rest on her looks and lithe body, she became an entrepreneur and launched a multi-million dollar wig line for women of color.
As for her ‘do, Sims wore her hair in her signature tight ballerina bun.A look that inspired Diana Ross’s hairstyle in “Mahogany”.
Naomi Sims wears a long belted dress by Halston in 1972.