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    Posted July 11, 2014 by
    Los Angeles, California
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    In Memoriam

    Eileen Ford R.I.P.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     guscast1 told me, 'I remember how down to earth and motherlyshe was to me. I didn't imagine her to be that way at all, being she was so successful and such an icon already. I was just so happy to be in South Africa for an entire week with her, Gerry and their son!'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    I am sad to hear that someone I admired so much and who was an inspiration to what I ended up doing as a professional, passed away today! I met her in NY and then spent a week with her and husband Gerry Ford in South Africa at the Miss World pageant, which I was covering for Vogue Mexico. I got to photograph the winner the next morning, who ended up being Aishwarya Rai, the biggest movie star in the world now!   My ex partner Lorena Isla who was the Fashion editor at Vogue made that all possible.  And had meetings and lunch with Eileen and Gerry about business and plans we had to collaborate in the future. I could not believe it, at such a young age and there I was with two legends in my field!!! They were both very genuine, warm, friendly and treated me with respect. And that made me admire them even more for what they did, not just for modeling, but the whole fashion industry in general.


    You will be missed Mrs. Ford but the world will never forget you!


    Thanks to Lorena Isla for the photogrpahs!

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