After appearances on the covers of magazines including Life, Cosmopolitan and Essence and working with top designers like Halston (who told The New York Times in 1974, “Naomi was the first. She was the great ambassador for all black people. She broke down all the social barriers.”) and Giorgio di Sant’Angelo, she started what would become a multi-million dollar wig business in 1973. She also wrote several top-selling beauty books for black women including She also began writing books, including “All About Health and Beauty for the Black Woman.” I think it is notable that this particular book was published in 1986 and yet, it is still in print and available on Amazon. If you have never heard of Naomi Sims before today, I hope that gives you an inkling of her impact on black women and the beauty industry over the years. She was 61.