Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger has gone back to her modelling roots by signing a contract with IMG Models aged 60 joining her 18-year-old daughter, Ireland Baldwin, on the established agency’s books.
Basinger’s modelling potential was first spotted in 1969 when she was just 16 and a contestant in a local beauty pageant by Ford Models co-founder Eileen Ford. At first she declined their offer of a contract and instead enrolled at the University of Georgia, only to reconsider months later, leave university and move to New York to begin modelling professionally.
She stopped modelling in 1976 after becoming frustrated with the industry and decided to concentrate on her acting career, moving to Los Angeles and taking acting workshops.
“It was very hard to go from one booking to another and always have to deal with the way I looked. I couldn’t stand it. I felt myself choking,” she has previously…