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Eileen Ford
Born Eileen Cecile Ottensoser
(1922-03-25)March 25, 1922
New York, New York, U.S.
Died July 9, 2014(2014-07-09) (aged 92)
Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.
Nationality United States
Occupation Model agency executive and co-founder of Ford Models
Years active 1946–1995
Spouse(s) Gerard W. Ford (1944-2008; his death); 4 children
Website http://www.fordmodels.com

I create a look, and I create a style.
I interview about three thousand models yearly, and I must see almost 20 tons of excess avoirdupois annually.
Eileen Ford
I can't add above 10, I can't draw a stick figure, and I'm tone deaf. So I had to be able to do something. I found that something was picking successful models.
Eileen Ford
Our business was built on trust.
The horrible thing about being me is that I have a very good eye about what people look like. Even me.
Eileen Ford
We couldn't afford to move, so we decided to start up a model agency.
American women mean a great deal to me. They're such lost souls, particularly the women of my generation. And women need so much help. They never have anyone to turn to. I help them understand how they can look better, how to do this, do that, get a job. And they're very trusting. Like little lost kids.
Eileen Ford
Most models are emotionally abandoned. They need me. I'm their mother.
Models are a business, and they have to treat themselves as a business, which means they have to take care of themselves and give up all the young joys.
Eileen Ford
I really prefer light-eyed models, They photograph more easily. Of course, I come from a light-eyed background, so maybe that influenced my taste.
Eileen Ford
I got everything I wanted from my parents: Brooks Brothers sweaters and Spalding saddle shoes.
Eileen Ford
I live in a wonderful world of make-believe. A world of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. A world of Winnie the Pooh and Edward Bear. Things like that. Wonderful things. Funny things.
Eileen Ford
I see girls that I know – I absolutely know – will be star models within just a matter of weeks, and they always are.
Eileen Ford
Most of our models have just walked in off the streets, although I also find them on countless trips to Europe – particularly Scandinavia. I operate by instinct. It's a process I cannot explain, but the prettiest girl on the block is not always the best model.
Eileen Ford
I suppose you could say that I majored in men and minored in psychology.
I feel that my ideas of beauty have been given very strong backing by Botticelli and a few others: Slender hands, long neck, long limbs – look at Nefertiti. She was very teensy-weensy with a long neck and wide-spaced eyes.
Eileen Ford
My family believed I could do no wrong. That's probably why I have utter confidence in myself even when I shouldn't have.
Eileen Ford
Grace Kelly was a very commercial model; she had no interest in being a fashion model. None at all.
Eileen Ford
None of the people I grew up with had identity problems. We all had perfectly marvelous lives.
Eileen Ford
I never worry about fat people worrying about thin people, because slender people bury the dead.
Eileen Ford
You never know when or where you will find the next new model, but you can bet someone from Ford Models will be looking.
Eileen Ford
I had a nice, pert nose but a plain round face and a mop of curly brown hair. That was not the photograph of a successful model.
Eileen Ford
I don't think of people as black or white. It's a question of are they photogenic or not? I don't think anyone says, 'Let's book her. She's black.' I think they say, 'Let's book her. She's good.' We've come that far.
Eileen Ford
I'm afraid to go to sleep; I don't like to lose control of myself. I don't like chauffeurs, either. I like to be in charge of my own destiny.
Eileen Ford
I got everything I wanted from my parents: Brooks Brothers sweaters and Spalding saddle shoes.
Eileen Ford
Jerry didn't know he wanted to get married until he was married.