Want to Become a Model? Ford Models Agency Open Calls and More

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The Ford Modeling Agency, or as it is known today Ford Models, is a modeling agency in New York City. It was established in 1946 by Eileen and the late Gerard W. Ford.

Ford Models was originally started in 1946 by both Eileen and Gerard W. “Jerry” Ford. Back then, Ford was the very first company to really advance their models money owed by jobs that had been completed but not yet paid. Did you know that, the Ford family had the tradition of allowing teenage models who originate far from New York City to stay in their home.

The company was the pre-eminent New York agency until John Casablancas of Elite Model Management opened up in the city, leading to the “model wars” of the 1980s. Ford, like many of the original agencies of the 1970s, now has to compete with a broad field of contenders, such as Women, IMG and DNA.

The agency has represented a diverse list of models and celebrities. In 1980, the company established the Ford Supermodel of the World Contest that attracts more than 60,000 hopefuls annually from around the world.

In recent years the company has diversified into other professions related to the fashion industry through Ford Artists. They represent hair stylists, makeup artists, manicurists, stylists, set designers, prop stylists, art directors, and photographers.

In addition to the New York City headquarters, Ford Artists has offices in, Miami, Chicago, Phoenix, and Toronto.

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Open Calls

New York

Plus Division

Open call for Ford+

  • Aspiring models must be between 5’8 – 6′ tall
  • Size 10 to size 16
  • Between 16 to 25 years old

Please email submissions to [email protected]

Chicago

Open Call for Men & Women

  • Monday – Friday
  • 3pm – 4pm
  • Specifications:
  • Age 13 and Up
  • Women: 5’8” – 5’11”
  • Men: 6′ – 6’2″
  • If you are unable to attend our Open Call, you can submit online at fordmodels.com or you may submit by mail.

Los Angeles

Open Call for Plus

  • Dates: 10/19/12, 11/16/12, and 12/14/12, between 11am – 1pm
  • You must (no exceptions) meet the following criteria to be considered:
  • Height: 5’8-5’11
  • Size: 10-16
  • Between 16 to 25 years old
  • Please email submissions to [email protected]

Open Call for Women

  • Thursdays 4-5pm
  • Ages 12-25
  • Height 5’8-5’11
  • Bring snapshots with you. Professional pictures not necessary.

Open Call for Men

  • Wednesdays 4-5pm
  • Ages 13 and up
  • Height 6’0-6’3
  • Bring snapshots with you. Professional pictures not necessary.

Miami

Open Call for Men & Women

  • Monday – Friday
  • 3pm – 4pm
  • Specifications:
  • Age 13 and Up
  • Women: 5’8 – 5’11”
  • Men: 6′ – 6’2″
  • Bring snapshots with you. Professional pictures not necessary.
  • If you are unable to attend our Open Call, you can submit online at fordmodels.com or you may submit by mail.