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Ford Models, started in 1946 by Eileen and Jerry Ford, created a new kind of global industry based on beauty. Eileen and Jerry began the business in their home and went on to create the world's most recognized and respected modeling agency. Eileen's style played a major part in shaping the art of fashion photography in the last half of the 20th century. Ford has supplied many of the world's most renowned photographers with talent. Eileen's fierce discipline and marketing molded many of the top models in the world and made Ford the industry leader. Jerry Ford negotiated the industry's first big-money contract, which was for Lauren Hutton in 1974. Jerry Ford's business acumen is responsible for creating many of the systems that are used in the industry today. Ford was the first, and remains one of the few, to pay models weekly rather than waiting for client payments, helping the models to get established. Eileen and Jerry enacted numerous measures over the years to promote and protect their models, including providing a watchful eye over younger models and bringing them into the family's homes. Katie Ford took over in 1995 after working in the agency for 16 years. Her goals have been to continue Ford's position as an industry trendsetter while Ford expands geographically and in the talent it represents. She moved the offices to New York's fashionable SoHo district, greatly improving proximity to photographers and giving the agency a current image. Under Katie's direction, Ford has expanded internationally as well as domestically. In addition to the New York City headquarters, Ford has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Scottsdale, Toronto, Paris, São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro. Divisions include Women, Men, Celebrity, Classic, Commercial Print, 12 plus, Fit, Children and Teen. Ford Models has developed and managed the careers of Kim Basinger, Jane Fonda, Rene Russo, Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs and many others. Many of Hollywood's newest stars began their careers at Ford, including Jennifer Connelly, Kirsten Dunst and Lindsay Lohan.
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