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Eileen Ford, the co-founder of the Ford Model Agency, died on Wednesday at age 92.
Arielle Baran, a spokeswoman for Derris & Co., confirmed Ford’s passing.
“She founded Ford Models 68 years ago and due to her unwavering passion, curiosity and drive, grew Ford into one of the world’s most prestigious agencies," the agency said in a statement to the LA Times. "We are incredibly proud and grateful for her revolutionary spirit and the values she instilled in Ford Models."
The Ford Model Agency made Ford and her husband, Gerald Ford, multimillionaires. The agency welcomed leading talent in the industry, and Ford called for the highest level of professionalism from her models.
The couple founded the Ford Agency in 1946, after being a model. She published several books including Eileen Ford's A More Beautiful You in 21 Days, Eileen Ford's Beauty Now and Forever: Secrets of Beauty After 35. She also wrote a newspaper column, Eileen Ford's Model Beauty, according to the Associated Press.
In the 1970s, Ford agency clients included Christie Brinkley, Jane Fonda, Ali MacGraw, Candice Bergen, Beverly Johnson, Suzy Parker, and Brooke Shields.
The Ford Agency began a Supermodel of the World contest in 1980. By the 1990s, the agency made $40 million a year. Ford’s daughter, Katie, took over as CEO in 1995.
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