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There aren’t many models that can say they scored their first Vogue shoot at age 36, but then Casey Legler is not most models. After posing as a favor for a photographer friend, the former Olympic swimmer became the first woman ever to sign to Ford’s male model division late last year. Not only did she start booking jobs in no time flat, but Legler also made headlines for her convention-flouting looks and refreshing attitude towards gender and the fashion industry. Now, it looks like our favorite model of the moment can even count Anna Wintour as a fan.
If we had longer arms, we’d reach right across the Atlantic and give the Observer a high five for their latest feature: a lengthy profile and photo spread starring Casey Legler, the first woman ever to be signed to the men’s board at Ford Models.
According to the New York Post, a slew of major New York City modeling agencies from Wilhelmina to Ford to Elite are currently the target of a $20 million class action lawsuit alleging that their fraudulent accounting led to models getting repeatedly cheated out of their hard-earned paychecks.
Kris Humphries may be taking a break (intentioned or otherwise) from the spotlight, but his sister is about to make it big. 29-year-old Kaela Humphries has just been signed by Ford’s plus-size divison, but this isn’t her first modeling gig.
Just last week, Diane von Furstenberg and the Council of Fashion Designers of America sent out the guidelines for this year’s health initiative, reiterating that no one under 16 will be allowed on the New York runways, and models who are noticeably unhealthy should be dismissed. At least a dozen agencies have signed their agreement — but not Ford.
The modeling industry probably wouldn’t even be a fully fledged industry today if it weren’t for Eileen Ford, the model who founded Ford Models, one of the most successful talent agencies in the world today. Ford opened up shop in 1946, and in a new interview with V Magazine, she explains that the industry she created is now a completely different world.
Yesterday, our friends at Fashionista got their hands on some behind-the-scenes photos of a project Ford Models has in the works: a special media kit to promote the black models employed by its various divisions. And while it’s not exactly as mainstream as an entire issue of a magazine or high-fashion ad campaign being dedicated to black models, it’s got to be a step in the right direction. Right?
It’s been a really good few days for Asian fashion models. First Louis Vuitton cast Taiwanese-Canadian actor Godfrey Gao for its spring campaign, then a gorgeous young Filipina named Danica Magpantay won the Ford Supermodel of the Year competition. And earlier today, Riccardo Tisci showed his couture collection for Givenchy with a group comprised of entirely Asian models.
Sadly, this doesn’t say that the tide of change is washing over the all-white landscape of the modeling industry. It says that modeling, like fashion, is powerfully susceptible to a good trend.
Back in May, Next Management filed a lawsuit against Ford Models, alleging that the rival agency poached three of its models: Karmen Pedaru, Anna Aleksandra Cywinska, and Anna Jagodzinska. Shortly thereafter, Ford sued Next for stealing their bookers (which they allege helps Next consistently poach their models), and now the models themselves are getting in on the lawsuit action by suing Next for stealing their wages.
According to Page Six, Paul Rowland, founder of Women Management agency and Supreme, is leaving to run Ford’s women’s division. And in a bizarrely coincidental twist, word on the street is that Caroline Poznanski, the woman who ran the women’s division at Ford and thus was replaced by Rowland, will be taking Rowland’s old job at Supreme.