Tuesday, August 4, 2009
First Black Supermodel Naomi Sims Dead at Age 61
March 30, 1948 - August 1, 2009
It is with deep sadness that I write that Naomi Sims has died after a battle with breast cancer. Alex Erwiah, her brother-in-law, reported that Sims died Saturday in Newark, New Jersey.
For those of us who are old enough to remember when we didn't see people in the fashion magazines, or any magazines for that matter, who looked like us, this really is cause for pause, prayer and reflection.
A teenager from Oxford, Mississippi, Ms. Sims broke the color barrier on the New York runways in 1967.
We can take comfort in knowing that she lived to see the first African American President and women of all shapes, sizes and colors being represented in print, on television and on the internet.
However, we can only imagine what she went through and saw in her lifetime to achieve the status she enjoyed.
May God Bless Her Soul and Love and Prayers to her family and friends throughout the world.
Peace and Blessings,
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