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Eileen Ford, founder of iconic modeling agency, is dead at 92

By Alan Duke, CNN
July 11, 2014 -- Updated 0017 GMT (0817 HKT)
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Eileen Ford died of complications from meningioma and osteoporosis, her daughter says
  • She and her husband founded Ford Models in New York in 1946
  • Ford modernized the modeling, leading to the evolution of supermodels
  • Ford was "an industry icon and pioneer," the company she founded says

(CNN) -- Eileen Ford, who founded Ford Model Agency 70 years ago, has died at age 92, the company said.

Ford, who lived in Califon, New Jersey, died Wednesday of complications from meningioma and osteoporosis, according to daughter Katie Ford.

Ford and her husband, Jerry, helped modernize the modeling industry when they began their now-iconic business in in New York in 1946.

A statement from the agency called her "an industry icon and pioneer" whose "contributions to the modeling and fashion industries are unmatched."

"Eileen Ford was an indomitable force who not only defined Ford Models, but the world of modeling itself," a statement on the agency's website said. "The myriad ways Eileen affected the world of fashion and the public perception of beauty are ineffable."

Ford helped modernize the modeling, leading to the evolution of supermodels in the fashion industry.

Eileen Ford launched the careers of Candice Bergen, Lauren Hutton and Jane Fonda, among others.
Eileen Ford launched the careers of Candice Bergen, Lauren Hutton and Jane Fonda, among others.

Ford Model grew into "one of the world's most prestigious agencies" because of her "her unwavering passion, curiosity and drive," the company said.

A quote from Ford accompanied the death announcement: "You never know when or where you will find the next new model, but you can bet someone from Ford Models will be looking."

Ford Models has branches in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami.

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CNN's Carolyn Sung contributed to this report.

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