March 25 1922 ~ Eileen Ford is born
On this day, business woman and former model Eileen Ford was born. In 1947, a pregnant Eileen worked as a secretary for two of her model friends in New York City to earn her extra money for her growing family. The models were frustrated with their agencies; at the time, models were responsible for setting and collecting their own wages, and often found it difficult to get paid. Eileen Ford took the job for $65 a month, and was earning $250,000 a year by 1948.
A former model, Eileen Ford recognized three traits - a straight nose, wide-set eyes, and a long neck - in all successful models. She must have been on to something, as she was responsible for discovering supermodels Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley, and Carol Alt. The company reigned as the eminent modeling agency in the United States for over 30 years.
Eileen Ford changed the fashion business forever by treating it like a serious business. She singlehandedly defined an industry by recognizing and filling a crucial need in the modeling world. Without the power of an agency like Ford Models, the concept of the supermodel would likely never have occurred.
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