Mohammad Al-Ubaydli’s blog

President Gerald Ford used to be a model

Posted in History, People / organisations by Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli on January 15, 2007

I still cannot figure out what kind of a President Ford was, but I keep on reading interesting snippets about his life in entirely unexpected places. For example, page 77 of “The Winner-Takes-All Society” discusses the history of fashion models.

Apparently in the 1920s models posed largely for artists’ sketches. They received little or no public attention. It was not until the 1930s that models were photographed, beginning the rise of the superstar model.

By the early 1930s the John Robert Powers agency had organized an elite cadre of models whose faces and figures graced the covers of national publications. But models first came into their own with the rise to prominence of the Conover modeling Agency, founded in Manhattan in 1938 by Harry Conover (with the help of a loan from former President Gerald Ford, then a Powers model).

Curiouser and curiouser.


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