When Eileen Ford co-founded her eponymous modeling agency, World War II had just ended. Perry Como and Frank Sinatra ruled the airwaves. The bikini had just been invented and the word "supermodel" had not yet permeated popular culture. The coming decades would see great cultural upheaval, massive shifts in musical tastes and fashion, changes in the public perception of women's roles. But throughout it all, Ford succeeded, establishing her agency as the industry leader and keeping it at the top despite challenges from other agencies – including one run by a former Ford model.
Over the decades, Ford's roster of models has included many who would become the most celebrated in fashion, the biggest names in Hollywood, and more than a few folks better known for their off-camera exploits. We're taking a look at a few of the faces she helped make famous. From Suzy Parker to Christie Brinkley, Brooke Shields to Lindsay Lohan, Wilhelmina Cooper to Anderson Cooper, here are 15 of Ford's best and brightest.