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Naomi Sims
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    (March 30, 1949-August 1, 2009)
    Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Top model of the 1960s and 1970s
    Cover model for Essence, Life, Ladies Home Journal and Cosmopolitan Magazines
    At 13, she was already 5'10.
    She dropped out of the Fashion Institute of Technology to model.
    She appeared in ads for Virginia Slims cigarettes.
    She refused the role of 'Cleopatra Jones' due to the film's racial stereotypes.
    She sells a line of 'ethnic' wigs.
    She is the first black model to gain international fame.
    She was bullied in school over her height and dark complexion.
    Her family urged her to be proud of her looks.
    She broke down barriers for Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell.
    She authored several books detailing black women's beauty needs.

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