Their runway shows brought high fashion, and black models, into everyday, accessible life. The door was now ajar for black models, but predominantly light-skinned black women - a colourism we still see today. “We are a beautiful diaspora, black women have more DNA on this planet than anyone else, we look a million different ways”.
Naomi Sims was groundbreaking to the world of fashion and the wider world. As a dark-skinned, natural haired black model, she was the first on a cover of a magazine that 14 million homes received.
Vogue traces these steppingstones of how one pioneering black model inspired another in a powerful chain that truly demonstrates the impact of representation.