Originally from Oxford, MS, Naomi decided to break into fashion with a bang unlike any other, during the late 60s Naomi became an Icon for the "Black is Beautiful" campaign, although it didn't take long for this Southern Belle to win the hearts of some of fashion's most coldest people. Naomi became a brand from Time, Cosmopolitan, Life and many other magazines - she was the truth and that's why we're paying homage to Naomi Sims ... you'll be missed a great deal!
"They had so many fabulous black models in the '70s," Smaltz said. "It was our heyday, and Naomi made that way for the rest of the girls to come along."
Sims' success as a model "started the whole whites accepting blacks," paving the way for others, including Beverly Johnson.
"She demanded attention," Smaltz said. "She would walk into a room and people would come to a stop. People would go, 'Oh, my God, look at that person."
*Quotes by Naomi's friend Audrey Smaltz*