Supermodels have been tweeting in honor of legendary agent, Eileen Ford, co-founder of the Ford modeling agency, who died at age 92 at a hospital in Morristown, New Jersey.
Together with husband Jerry, Eileen Ford opened Ford Models in the late 1940s in a partnership that would forever shape the future of modeling in the fashion industry. Ford is credited with discovering many well-known models of the 1970s including Cheryl Tiegs, Beverly Johnson, and Christie Brinkley, and forging a path for highly paid talent to be coined by the term 'supermodel' in the '80s and '90s with her hand in the success of contracted models like Janice Dickinson, Christy Turlington, and Kathy Ireland.
Upon hearing the news of her passing, many top models took to Twitter to express their memories of their mentor and friend.
Cheryl Tiegs wrote, 'I lost one of my best friends, but she is now with Jerry. I will miss her. I love her very much.'
Christy Turlington said, 'Proud to have known this inspiring woman. Goodbye to a wonderful business woman, mentor, mother and agent.'
And Christie Brinkley posted, 'I was lucky to call Eileen Ford my agent. She was the best in the business. She saw something in me and with her brilliant business acumen, her knowledge,experience , and personal touch she took me from Malibu surfer girl and guided my career thru covers and contracts to places I never imagined like the Broadway stage!'
Some of Ford's early clients included actresses Jane Fonda, Ali MacGraw, and Candice Bergen, as well as a young Martha Stewart. With U.S. offices in New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Chicago, the Ford roster has also hosted child models who would later become Hollywood stars like Brooke Shields (signed at age 8), Ashley Tisdale, Lindsay Lohan, and Natasha Lyonne of Orange is the New Black.
Eileen Ford herself worked as a model prior to opening the agency while pregnant to earn extra money. Within the first year, the Fords had grossed $250k and were on their way to becoming a globally recognized modeling franchise.