Eileen Ford, modeling agency pioneer died Wednesday at 92. The cause of Ford’s death and location had not yet been confirmed, a Ford Models spokeswoman said. Eileen Ford revolutionized the modeling business by starting an agency with her husband in 1946 in their Manhattan apartment with the goal to maximize models’ bookings and manage their professional lives. Over the nearly seven decades she ran Ford Models where she launched the careers of standouts such as Twiggy, Christie Brinkley and Christy Turlington.
In 1995, Ford’s daughter Katie took over the company as chief executive officer, a post she held until part of 2007. At that time, Ford Models was sold to Stone Tower Equity Partners. In a statement released Thursday, Ford Models said, “Eileen Ford was an industry icon and pioneer and everyone in the Ford Models family will miss her dearly.”
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