Some of Ford's best-known models included: Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Veruschka, Jerry Hall, Grace Jones, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Elle Macpherson. All of them had an impact in the beauty industry. Others went even further, with movie careers. They included Jane Fonda, Ali MacGraw, Brooke Shields, Candice Bergen, Rene Russo, Kim Basinger and Lauren Hutton. Even Martha Stewart was in the Ford family of models.
Although Ford is credited with bringing respectability to the industry, she did have her retractors, who insisted that her company promoted an unhealthy image of beauty. Ford didn't exactly dispel that image in 1971, when she appeare on “The Dick Cavett Show” and another guest, the writer Gwen Davis, compared a model agency to pimping.
Ford cooly responded, “I never worry about fat people worrying about thin people, because slender people bury the dead.”