With such a culinary-heavy résumé, one might forget that McCord had a vastly different first life—a high-profile one at that—as a model. Her modeling career began at the age of 13, but when Patrick Demarchelier and Calvin Klein discovered her walking down the street in Miami (seriously), her career took off. She went on to star in a 60-page Calvin Klein campaign in Vanity Fair and walk countless runways, including the first Victoria’s Secret shows. Eventually, she even began hosting TV shows like MTV’s Loveline. What she didn’t know at the time was how well her modeling career was equipping her for a future as an entrepreneur.
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