Eileen Ford, Co-Founder of Ford Models, Dies at 92
Eileen Ford, co-founder of Ford Models, has passed away at the age of 92. Ford had been hospitalized since last week after suffering a fall in her New York City apartment, according to PEOPLE.
Eileen co-founded Ford Models with her husband Jerry Ford in 1946, and is widely regarded as a pioneer in creating the modern modeling industry.
Following her graduation from Barnard in 1943, Eileen met future husband Jerry at a drugstore near Columbia University. After he returned from World War II, the couple formed the Ford Modeling Agency after Eileen had worked as a secretary at her father's law firm. Within a year after its start, Ford Modeling had earned almost $250,000 in a year, making it the second or third most successful modeling agency in the U.S. at the time.