Some may say that Simpson was already overexposed before her May 2010 Marie Claire cover, but her bare look took that to another level. Telling the magazine, “I don’t have anything to prove anymore,” Simpson posed for her cover shoot with no makeup and air-dried hair, and the photos were published without retouching. Though she was not the first to do so and some argued that she was wearing light makeup, her au naturel visage was enviably smooth and fresh-looking, and heralded in a wave of bare bones beauty regiments.
While I didn't know about that Glamour cover before, it wasn't the first major magazine (outside of black-oriented magazines like Ebony) to feature an African American woman on a cover. In 1965 and 1966, model Donyale Luna appeared on Harper's Bazaar and then British Vogue, respectively. I only know this because I studied Black models during the 60s and 70s during grad school.
Since she doesn't look like an Asian ethnics she doesn't pioneer anything at all. It's like some AfroAmerican artists do look like white people with too much tan just to circumvent racism.