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Anne Anka interview, 2011 June 24

In this interview, Anka reflects on her career as a professional model, working first in Paris and then the Unites States during the 1960s and early 1970s. Anka begins by discussing her heritage and family background, and her childhood in Egypt. Anka explains how she began modeling when she was 17 years old and recounts beginning her career as a model working in Paris with many notable 20th century fashion photographers. Anka discusses meeting Eileen Ford in Paris and how Ford took Anka under her wing once she moved to New York in 1959. Anka reflects on her experiences living with the Ford family and working as a Ford model, mentioning key bookers and agents who worked with her in New York. Anka discusses meeting, dating, and marrying singer Paul Anka, retiring in the early 1970s, and raising 5 daughters. Guided by Sicular, Anka reviews her portfolio and shares stories surrounding a few of her favorite photographs and photographers. Sicular makes a point of focusing on Anka’s composite card (13:50), explaining how in a pre-digital industry the card functioned as model’s primary means of promotion. At the end of the interview, Anka speaks on the phone with her former booker, Rusty Donovan Zeddis.

Anka, Anne

Antonia Steffens interview, 2011 June 21

In this interview Steffens discusses her role as a fashion editor and foreign correspondent for the German fashion publication, Vogue Germany. Steffens begins the interview by discussing her childhood in Germany and her early interest in fashion. For the majority of the interview, Steffens reflects on her role as a journalist and editor for a major fashion publication. Steffens outlines the varying highlights of her career, as well as the many challenges and obstacles she has faced on both a personal and professional level. Active in her field since 1996, Steffens's interview offers insight into the thoughts, opinions, and working experiences of an early 21st-century fashion editor.

Steffens, Antonia

Beverly Johnson Interview, 2010 July 22

Patty Sinclair, director of archives at the Ford Model Agency, and Professor Karen Trivette of the Fashion Institute of Technology, join together to interview model Beverly Johnson. Beverly shares her life growing up and how she was introduced to modeling. She discusses the feeling of seeing her face on a cover, and provides insight into the modeling life she experienced.

Johnson, Beverly

Bruce Bauer interview 2011 June 21

In this interview, Bauer discusses his career as a male model, working first in Europe and then the United States from roughly 1968 through the early 1990s. Bauer discusses his professional and personal relationships with modeling industry insiders Jerry Ford, Joey Hunter, Nina Blanchard, and actress Barbara Stanwyck.

Bauer, Bruce

Collette O'Connell interview, 2011 June 20

The interview covers O’Connell’s career as a professional model working internationally during the 1980s and early 1990s. O’Connell offers insight into the differing agency standards and working conditions she experienced as a model in countries such as Japan, Paris, Italy, Brazil, the United States, and Australia. At the end of the interview, O’Connell offers her perspective on the dangers and pitfalls that can plague many working models and offers her opinion on how booking agents can offer their clients more support and security.

O'Connell, Colette

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