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John Casablancas (December 12, 1942, New York City, U.S. – July 20, 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (aged 70)) was an American modeling agent and scout who founded Elite Model Management.
Casablancas is remembered for his development of the supermodel concept. He is the father of the Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas.

After pursuing several career options, Casablancas was offered a job in Brazil by a family friend to work as a marketing manager for a Coca-Cola factory. After several years he returned to Europe and worked at an architecture company. In collaboration with a fellow Le Rosey alumnus, Casablancas founded Elite Model Management, a modeling agency, in Paris in 1972. He had previously run the Paris-based agency Model Agency Elysée 3, which he founded in 1969.
Clients of Elite included Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Andie MacDowell and Claudia Schiffer.
Casablancas is credited for developing the concept of supermodel in the popular culture, turning models into celebrities that were featured in mainstream media. He was also criticized for his habit of engaging in sexual activity with young and underage clients.

During the years that Casablancas ran the operations, Elite grossed over $100 million in annual model bookings. It also generated controversy, with investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre making a BBC television exposé which resulted in the resignation of two Elite executives. Casablancas gave an "unconditional apology" for their behaviour.

Having sold his shares in Elite in 2000, Casablancas set up the Star System management agency and Illusion 2K, a cyber model agency.

At age 22, Casablancas married Marie Christine from France. The two lived in Rio de Janeiro for much of their marriage. Casablancas had one child with Marie-Christine, Cécile, who was born in 1969 in France. The two split soon after her birth.
In 1967, he met Jeanette Christiansen, a Danish model and the 1965 Miss Denmark, as well as the first model Casablancas ever represented. They married in 1979 after the birth of their son Julian, who would become lead vocalist of the American bands the Strokes and the Voidz, in 1978. They divorced in 1983, as he was having a public affair with Look of the Year contest finalist Stephanie Seymour, 15 years old at the time.

In 1993, the 50-year-old Casablancas married his third wife, 17-year-old Aline Mendonça de Carvalho Wermelinger, winner of Elite Model Look 1992 in Brazil. Wermelinger was close in age to Casablancas's children, who were 22 and 14 at the time. The couple had three children: John Jr., Fernando Augusto, and Nina.

A resident of Miami, Florida, Casablancas died on July 20, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, where he had been receiving treatment for cancer. He was 70 years old.
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Father of : Julian Casablancas
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Married to [m. 1979 - div. 1983] : Jeanette Christiansen
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Submitted by : Lo55o (12465)
on : 19/02/2024