Vogue Wasn't Interested in China Machado

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Speaking to V Magazine, Ford Models' founder Eileen Ford says, "I was always amazed to find that somebody didn’t agree with me... with a girl like China Machado, she was from Portugal, actually, and I just loved the way she looked. The first thing I did was send her to Muriel Maxwell at Vogue, and Muriel — from the Bronx with a British accent — said, 'Oh, she’s too chinky for us.' I was crying and crying. [Richard] Avedon was around the corner, and I called and told him, and I was crying away, and he said, 'Send her to me, let me see her.' And he made her."