The Schomburg Library said it would get my materials by Wednesday, but I
had to meet with an accountant on Wednesday, the collection is closed on
Thursday, and I had to meet with a broker in Washington, DC on Friday
afternoon. I called Saturday (today) when they opened.
"We were going to send it back," I was told.
SEND IT BACK?
When I arrived, THERE WAS NO ONE ELSE IN THE ENTIRE ROOM! IN TWO
ONE OTHER RESEARCHER CAME IN! Obviously, it was an unusual request to keep
the two boxes on reserve for an entire week! The NYPL would be doing me a
SUPERFLY came out in 1972 and should possibly be considered as an
influence on the June 1972 Vogue "SUPER MODEL" article on Naomi Sims.
An advertisement sheet for "GENESIS 1974" on 20 September 1973 in
Chicago has a picture of Naomi Sims and "SUPER MODEL" under it. A brochure
for the program states that GENESIS 1974 "EXTENDS A HEARTY WELCOME TO MS.
NAOMI SIMS and MS. BARBARA JACKSON, America's SUPER MODELS."
In MULLINERY & WIG RESEARCH for 26 March 1975, page 1, cols. 1-2, under
her photo is "Naomi Sims: A Super-Profile. Naomi Sims has earned a
reputation far beyond that of a super-model to M&WR's interview of the
author, wig designer, researcher, and businesswoman in her N.Y.C. home, turn
to pgs. 4-5." The article there is titled "Naomi Sims: From Super-Model To
Sims got her big break in 1967, when she appeared on the cover of
Fashions of the (NY) Times. She then went to Ford Models, but Eileen Ford
wouldn't even speak with her. An assistant suggested that Sims lose ten
pounds (she was already slim), and that Ford "had too many models of her
In 1967, Ford had no black models at all.