Everyone knows the beautiful Whitney Houston was a successful model prior to her history-making singing career. Few have ever seen Houston’s modeling agency’s ”look book” – a paperback book published seasonally or annually by modeling agencies and sent to photographers, advertising agencies and anyone else who would be in a position to hire models.
In 1986, Houston was already considered a “special booking” at Wilhelimina Models and still doing select modeling jobs to supplement her budding singing career.
On Page 139 of the Fall / Winter book, is Houston right in between Cindy Harrell and Maria McDonald. Actress Sela Ward is on the next page.
In the “Booking Policies and Procedures” section, it’s noted that for “exclusivity, endorsement and/or use of name a separate contract is required,” meaning any company looking to leverage Houston’s budding brand at a relative bargain would be out of luck.
Also noted is a work day for Houston is from 9 am to 5 pm, weekdays. Booking her for a photo session outside of those parameters, “overtime rates apply.”
Houston was paid “full fee” for prep time including hair, make-up, rehearsals and fittings. And a closed set is requried for lingerie and underwear shoots.