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Eileen Ford: She Created Supermodels
Posted By Patrick Kiger On July 11, 2014 @ 4:02 pm In Bulletin Today,Legacy | No Comments
The beautiful women who display designers’ new fashions on the runway and grace magazine covers are more than just celebrities – they’re brand names in their own right. We even have a word for them: supermodels .
To a great extent, we can thank Eileen Ford for making all those models so super.
Ford, who died on July 9 at age 92 in Morristown, N.J. , in 1947 cofounded – with her late husband Jerry – Ford Models, the agency that became the top provider of modeling talent in the world and turned modeling into what the New York Times calls “a serious business” with seven-figure contracts. As the agency’s chief talent scout, she discovered and groomed many, if not most, of the world’s most famous models, among them Christie Brinkley , Cheryl Tiegs, Naomi Campbell and Elle Macpherson. Many of her protégés – including Jane Fonda to Kim Basinger, to name just two – eventually made the leap from the runway to even greater fame in Hollywood . She even discovered future multimedia domestic diva Martha Stewart, who modeled for Ford to pay her way through college.
But Ford’s selections – in particular, her preference for the fresh-faced , healthy “girl next door” look – helped to set the world’s standard of beauty. “I create a look and I create a style,” she once said. “American girls mean a great deal to me. I help them understand how they can look better.”
Here are some facts about Ford and her career:
Photo: National Institute of Health 
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 supermodels: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/05/23/5-tips-to-staying-ageless-and-active-from-a-supermodel/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL
 died on July 9 at age 92 in Morristown, N.J.: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/11/business/eileen-ford-a-founder-of-top-modeling-agency-dies-at-92.html
 Christie Brinkley: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/01/31/heres-whats-great-about-seeing-sexy-at-60/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL
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 fresh-faced: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/06/27/the-no-surgery-facelift/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL
 Los Angeles Times obituary: http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-eileen-ford-20140711-story.html#page=1
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 National Institute of Health: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermodel#mediaviewer/File:ChristieBrinklieRedDress2005.jpg
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