CIRCA 1983:  Former supermodel Naomi Sims poses for a publicity portrait circa 1983.  (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Naomi Sims

Known as the world's first Black supermodel, Naomi Ruth Sims rose to stardom during the late '60s and early '70s. She made history by appearing on the covers of magazines such as Life and Ladies' Home Journal, being the first African-American to do so. The barrier-breaking model used her popularity to her advantage, authoring several books on beauty, health and fashion, which built her reputation as an expert on Black women's health and beauty. The late legend (she died of breast cancer in August of 2009) also founded the Naomi Sims Collection, a multi-million dollar business that specializes in beauty and health products for Black women.