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.

The cover of Wilhelmina Models Fall / Winter 1986 look book.

In 1986, Houston was already considered a “special booking” at Wilhelmina Models and still doing select modeling jobs to supplement her budding singing career.

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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.

The gorgeous Whitney Houston was a “special booking” at the agency.

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.

The “Booking Policies and Procedures” page of the look book Houston was featured in.

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.