Ms. Sims was encouraged to model by her FIT classmates and counselors, however she was turned down by every model agency she applied to, some telling her that her skin was too dark. However, with perseverance and cunning, she was able to get exposure without an agency. After only five years, she retired from modeling and created her own multi-million dollar beauty empire, proving she was just as smart as she was beautiful. She also became an author and advice columnist (I got the title of this set from the title of one of her books). Unfortunately, she died of cancer in 2009 at the age of 61. Two of her images were used in an exhibition entitled "The Model As Muse" by Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. You can read more about her here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/04/fashion/04sims.html
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