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60-year-old actress Kim Basinger has surprised the world by signing a new modeling contract with IMG Models’ NYC branch, the same agency who also  currently represent her daughter Ireland Baldwin. Ireland is 18-years-old (and a towering 6″1′) and just beginning her career but has already had plenty of success to celebrate including a feature in Elle this year.

Not surprisingly, Basinger was a model before she lit up the screen as an actress and married Ireland’s father Alec Baldwin. Kim landed her first contract when she was just 16 with Ford Models after being scouted at a beauty pagent. In the mid-70s she quit, stating that she was frustrated by the job at the time and found it difficult to deal with:

“It was very hard to go from one booking to another and always have to deal with the way I looked. I couldn’t stand it. I felt myself choking.”

 Ivan Bart, senior VP and managing director of IMG Models has welcomed Basinger to agency, commenting that she has a “powerful appeal” that they believe will be very alluring to clients who wish to enlist the legendary beauty:

“We are proud to be working with a distinguished and talented actress such as Kim Basinger, Kim has a powerful appeal on screen that will lend itself as a strong asset for us to seek innovative partnerships across the modelling and entertainment platform for Kim.”

Now that Kim is returning to the spotlight, we could see much more of her – her new contract alone will probably mean she’ll land at least a campaign or two, and we wouldn’t be surprised if a return to the big screen was to follow shortly after. Watch this space!