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Models Needed, Top 5 Modeling Agencies in USA

Updated on August 15, 2012
Harley Viera-Newton - an Elite Model
Harley Viera-Newton - an Elite Model

Wilhelmina Model Management

There is unlikely to be anyone in the fashion industry who may not know Wilhelmina Models as this is a renowned agency worldwide. With continued presence in the forefront in model management, Wilhelmina Models is a wide-ranging organization representing women, men, and children as well as full-figured models. Wilhelmina Models also simultaneously keep globally scouting for fresh talent.

Located in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, Wilhelmina Models also works in tandem with various licensees as well as hundreds of local model management firms across the world to garner a variety of talent. It can be stated, without fear of contradiction, that Wilhelmina Models is one of the largest and most successful model management companies in the world. Wilhelmina Models is always scouting and developing new talent to remain a leader in the dynamic fashion industry. Wilhelmina Models is supported by a vastly experienced team that specializes in securing celebrity-powered campaigns, image consultation, private brand licensing, endorsements, sponsorships and talent appearances.

Interview with the director of Elite Model Management

Elite Models

Elite Models has an excellent track record and it is indeed noteworthy that Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Gisele Bundchen, Tatiana Patiz and Linda Evangelista are just a few of models whose careers were launched by Elite Models. After 30 years of existence, Elite Models is still growing from strength to strength and unfailingly produces the industry's most enchanting Supermodels.
 This New York-based model agency created for the first time the term "supermodel" in the 1980s and helped launch the careers of some of the world's most well-known models including Gisele Bundchen, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell - among others.

It is incredible but the fact remains that Elite Models manages the careers of some 800 models spread across 5 continents. Elite Model Management conducts the prestigious Elite Model Look, an international model-scouting contest that attracts more than 300,000 participants waiting foe a career in modeling. The selection process is thoroughly professional and organized at regional and national level in more than 50 countries.

Ford Model Search

Ford Modeling Agency

The Ford Modeling Agency, based in New York, was established in 1946 by Eileen and the Gerard Ford. The agency has an enviable history and has represented a diverse list of models including quite a few celebrities. In 1980, the company established the now famous Ford Supermodel of the World Contest that attracts a whopping 60,000 aspirants every year from 50 countries around the world.

The Ford Modeling Agency has also branched into Ford Media and with the help of Ford artists it is promoted itself through YouTube with a series of fashion-tips and self-help videos detailing the fashion industry. Ford Models, Inc. is today the global management company for model, photography, stylist, hair and make-up artist communities. Ford Models employs over 100 talent managers working from offices in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Milwaukee and Toronto.

The agency can be proud for having recognized and developed the careers of notable stars including Carmen, Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley, Jennifer Connelly, Lindsay Lohan, Kirsten Dunst and Mischa Barton.

IMG Models

IMG Models

IMG Models has come a long way and is today recognized by the fashion industry as a world class modeling agency for women models. IMG Models can be legitimately proud with prominent stars like Gisele, Kate Moss, Tyra Banks, Bridget Hall, Heidi Klum and Liya. If aspiring models get into IMG Models, their ascension to Superstar status is assured.

IMG Models is headquartered at New York City with branches in Paris, London, Milan, and Hong Kong. Many acknowledge that IMG Models' clients are trend-setting celebrities who appear on all leading fashion publications, television and movie screens, and prestigious ad campaigns and participate in ultra-chic catwalks from New York to London and Paris to Milan.

In short, IMG is a consistent, professional and performing organization that works tirelessly for both model and client but most significantly has brought a rare brand of corporate discipline to the industry.

One Management models SPRING/SUMMER 2010

One Management

One Management is an organization that has the rare distinction of combining with consummate skill - Fashion, Film, Music and Celebrity.  Started in 2002 by Scott Lipps in New York City, ONE made humble beginnings as a model management company / fashion house, but rapidly grew into a full-fledged entertainment company within a span of four years when ONE(M) was created to bridge the gap between music and the world of high-end editorial and branding.  Thereafter, 1 Management (LA) came to Los Angeles, along with partner Darren Goldberg, to manage film and television talent.

ONE's current roster of talent on the modeling front is enviable as it  includes a number of notable models like Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen, Iman, Rie Rasmussen, Lizzy Jagger, Eva Herzigova, Bridget Hall, Tasha Tilberg, Josie Maran, Devon Aoki, Bar Refaeli amongst others. ONE boasts of a client list that includes Spacehog, Cassie, Duran Duran, Eve, Pete Wentz, Panic at the Disco, The Academy Is, The Kills, Michael Pitt, etc.


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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      It can be important information, specially for those who want to be models. Thank you for sharing.

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      Phillyfreeze69 7 years ago

      The late Nina Blanchard who founded the Nina Blanchard Agency in 1961 was one of the pioneers in the industry.Some of her most famous talent were Chery Tiegs,Christina Ferrare, Shari Belafonte, and Catherine Oxenberg. In 1995 Nina sold her agency to Eileen Ford, Founder of the Ford Model Agency.

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      Sable 7 years ago

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