Naomi Sims

1. – Tamara Dobson, Cleopatra Jones, 1973. The first African-American supermodel refused to play the special agent tackling drug-pushers – “Ten Miles of Bad Road For Every Hood in Town” – due to the script’s racist portrayal of blacks. Like all black super-models, Dobson owed her career to the trail-blazing Sims – her first black model covers of Ladies’ Home Journal and Life in 1968-69 were consummate moments for the Black is Beautiful movement.

 Birth year: 1948Death year: 2009Other name: Casting Calls:  1