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What was the first fashion modeling school?

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The first fashion modeling school was the John Robert Powers School. In 1923, John Robert Powers opened the first modeling agency in New York City. Soon after, he founded the John Robert Powers School for acting, modeling and personality development.

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The John Robert Powers School and Agency still exist today, with many locations across the United States. Fashion modeling started in the early 20th century as designers began to use live models at runway shows. Prior to this, designers used mannequins for modeling clothes.

Fashion or runway models were not used for print or magazine photos. Actresses and socialites were preferred for print ads and magazines until the 1960s. Popular fashion models such as Lesley "Twiggy" Lawson made it acceptable for runway models to also do print ads and appear in magazines.

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