Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Young, Gifted and Black

Black Models Take Center Stage: Naomi Sims photographed by
Joel for the October 17, 1969 cover of Life magazine

Pioneering '60s supermodel and entrepreneur Naomi Sims has died of cancer at the age of 61. The story of how she pushed her way into what at the time was a highly discriminatory modeling world is fascinating – read it here.

Naomi Sims, a muse of Halston, in one of his dresses at Harlem's Lucky Spot Restaurant. Photography Berry Berenson, ca. 1972.

Naomi Sims by Peter Beard, 1972

Naomi Sims with Andy Warhol on the cover of Interview magazine, December 1972

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