Eileen Ford, founder of Ford Modeling Agency, which is one of the most recognizable names in the industry, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 92, according to the Associated Press via ABC News. Today, supermodels of days past are taking to social media to share their memories of the woman who started it all.
Beverly Johnson, who began her groundbreaking career in the early ’70s, recognized that Ford had been her first agent on Twitter. She also commiserated with fellow models, Cheryl Tiegs and Kathy Ireland, including the two in her tweet.
— Beverly Johnson (@BeverlyJohnson1) July 10, 2014
Tiegs also payed her respect on Twitter, sending a quick rest in peace message. The model, who is perhaps most well known for twice gracing the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, previously posted a picture of herself posing with Ford two years ago on the matriarch’s 90th birthday.
— Cheryl Tiegs (@CherylTiegs) July 10, 2014
— Cheryl Tiegs (@CherylTiegs) March 28, 2012
Rachel Hunter, who was famously married to Rod Stewart for 16 years, admitted that Eileen Ford changed her life.
Rip Eileen Ford. I'm incredibly sad.You changed my life! Strong loving industry pioneer ! Love ,thoughts &Prayers to all the Family.
— RACHEL HUNTER (@rachelhunterx) July 10, 2014
Christie Brinkley, who was discovered in 1973 and is still looking fabulous at age 60, celebrated Ford by posting a picture of the last time she saw her agent. “I was lucky to call Eileen Ford my agent,” Brinkley wrote in the caption. “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 through covers and contracts to places I never imagined like the Broadway stage! The last time I ever saw Eileen was in this photo… I was so proud that a true living legend had come to see me perform in the play “Chicago” and I wanted to do my best performance for her because it was the least I could do for someone who gave me the world. My heartfelt condolences and love to her cherished family.”
Arielle Baran, a spokesperson for Ford’s public relations company, announced Thursday that Ford passed away due to complications from a brain tumor and osteoporosis.