Vintage News | Meet the Man Who Invented "The Supermodel"

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Casablancas with models by Jacques Silberstein, 1981.



Some of fashion's biggest models—​Cindy Crawford, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bündchen—​would not be so big without John Casablancas, the founder Elite Model Management, one of the most iconic agencies in the modeling world. The supermodel tycoon, passed away in 2013 to cancer, but his legacy lives on in a new documentary, ​Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women​.

The "inventor of the supermodel," as many call him, gained success starting in the 70s and 80s, discovering and giving rise to now-household names like Linda Evangelista and Christie Brinkley. The film is directed by Hubert Woroniecki, who worked in the modeling industry for 10 years and closely with Casablancas for five. ​Casablancas​ gives people a look at his work, his family life, and his effect on the fashion industry, along with animated sequences where footage was lacking.

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