Modelling agency founder Eileen Ford — who shaped a generation's standards of beauty as she built an empire and launched the careers of Candice Bergen, Lauren Hutton, Christie Brinkley and countless others — has died.

She was 92 and died Wednesday of complications from a brain tumour and osteoporosis, according to Arielle Baran, a spokeswoman for public relations firm Derris & Co., which handles public relations for Ford and announced the death Thursday.

Ford was known for her steely manner and eye for talent.

She demanded professionalism from her models, putting them on strict diets and firing those with a taste for late-night revelry.

Her discipline pushed Ford Model Agency to the top, making multimillionaires of both Ford and her late husband, Jerry, who handled the business side.

Take a look at some of the faces Ford made famous in the photo gallery above.