Naomi Sims: The First Black Supermodel Passes on at 61

Story of a Black Supermodel Naomi Sims

[I include this story for my own selfish reasons, so we never forget the Black pioneers who have gone on. I used to model and still am looking to get back into it. So I’m sure this lady paved the way for me as well.]

Naomi Sims, among first black models, dies at 61.

(AP) – April 2nd
NEW YORK — Naomi Sims, the fashion model who in 1968 became the first black model to appear on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal, has died. She was 61.

Sims, said by some to be the first black supermodel, died Saturday of cancer in Newark, N.J., her son Bob Findlay told The New York Times. It had been decades since she left the runway to become an author and launch her own beauty empire.

Sims attained success at the same time that the “Black is Beautiful” movement was taking hold, and her accomplishments as a barrier-breaking African-American model helped pave the way for the black runway stars of the 1970s, including Pat Cleveland, Alva Chinn and Beverly Johnson.

Sims often spoke of her difficult start — as a gangly foster-care kid in Pittsburgh who towered over the other children in her school. In 1966, she came to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology on scholarship.

When she began approaching modeling agencies, she was turned down again and again — with some telling her that her skin was too dark. Instead of giving up, she pushed forward and approached photographers directly.

The approach landed her the cover of the Times’ August 1967 fashion supplement. She used that photo to market herself directly to advertising agencies, and within a year she was earning $1,000 a week and appearing in a national television campaign for AT&T. Before long, she was modeling for top designers.

Sims gave up modeling after five years and launched her own wig-making business geared toward black women. She eventually expanded the multimillion-dollar business to include beauty salons and cosmetics, and she wrote “All About Health and Beauty for the Black Woman” and other books.

Sims was born in Oxford, Miss., in 1948. Her parents divorced soon after she was born and her mother moved Sims and her two sisters to Pittsburgh.

Besides her son, Sims is survived by a sister, Betty, and a granddaughter.
Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com
Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Jasmine Fiore Playboy Pictures, Murder, Ryan Jenkins, Megan Wants a Millionaire

Jasmine Fiore Swimsuit Model Playboy

When I was in law school there was one particular subject I hated: Family Law. I hated it because I had to read case after case of brutal torture and treatment of children or spouses. I didn’t even dare read any criminal law cases. I don’t know how i got through those classes.

Here we have the horrific story of a swimsuit beauty model, Jasmine fiore, who also used to work for Playboy, as the coordinator for Playboy’s “Girls of Golf.” Spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey said, “She never posed in the magazine.” She was found murdered, strangled to death, and someone didn’t want her identified. They removed her fingers and teeth. You have to be three shades of wacko to even contemplate doing that sort of thing. They stuffed her body in a suitcase and threw it in the trash. She was found in the Buena Park, Orange county, California on Saturday, August 15th. She was 28.

Ryan Alexander Jenkins Megan Wants a Millionaire

The only suspect they have on record as of now is husband Ryan Jenkins, who incidentally called to report her missing. He then disappeared and has yet to be found. Fiore was last seen alive with Jenkins at a poker game in San Diego.

Ryan Alexander Jenkins is Canadian and recently appeared on the reality T.V. show “Megan Wants a Millionaire,” where he battle for the affection of blond model Megan Hauserman. Fiore and Jenkins met in March at a Las Vegas casino where Jenkins was partying after wrapping up “Millionaire,” said Fiore’s mother, Lisa Lepore. And in typical Las Vegas fashion, they got married there on March 18, according to a Clark County marriage certificate. It was a spontaneous marriage, “right after they met, one of those wild things,” Lepore said. But it soon went south. In May, “they had a big blowout. She had the marriage annulled,” she said. “She didn’t trust him because he was doing things behind her back,” she said. “He did everything that she asked him not to do,” Lepore said. “She got furious.”


The Orange County district attorney’s office has charged Jenkins with murder and issued a warrant for his arrest. Jenkins, 32, is believed to be in Canada, and officers there said Thursday that ground, air and canine units are searching for him. A car and empty boat trailer belonging to Jenkins were found Wednesday at a marina in the northwest Washington town of Blaine, near the border.

Ryan Jenkins, is from Calgary, Alberta. A resume posted on the networking site LinkedIn.com says he graduated from Mount Royal College in Calgary in 1999, has a license to fly commercial airplanes and worked in investment sales and as president of a boutique development company focused on cutting-edge green technologies. Jenkins was convicted of assault in Canada in 2007 and has a pending domestic battery case in Las Vegas. In January 2007, Jenkins was sentenced to 15 months of probation in his hometown of Calgary, Canada, on an unspecified assault charge, according to the Alberta Ministry of Justice. No further details were available. Court records show Jenkins was charged in June in Clark County, Nev., with a misdemeanor count of “battery constituting domestic violence” on accusations that he hit Fiore in the arm. He is scheduled for a Dec. 18 non-jury trial.

Gwendolyn Beauregard of Bonny Doon, a longtime friend to Jasmine Fiore, is scheduled to discuss the case on Larry King Live and Good Morning America.

In my opinion this is a classic case of marrying someone you don’t know. Yes, I know there’s the romantic notion that you can go to Vegas and marry someone that you’ve known all your life but was forbidden to, but often you hear of those cases of “we were drunk and one thing led to another…” She obviously didn’t know him. And, he obviously didn’t know her.

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