09/05/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Robin Givhan: Describing Naomi Sims As A Supermodel Is A Huge Disservice

But describing Sims as a supermodel seems like a huge disservice, considering that the term is now applied to any waifish and wan young woman who manages to book more than half a dozen runway shows in a given fashion season. In its heyday, which was the 1980s, the term had a bit more juice. It referred to a model whose name and image had managed to break free of the fashion world and enter the popular vernacular.