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Here Are The Best Fashion Modeling And Talent Agencies Of The World

The runaway success story of Gigi Hadid and the wonderful journey of Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, etc. there are countless such stories. The careers of your favorite models did not take off on their own; they were managed and planned for by their respective managing agencies.

These modeling agencies do everything from securing shows to managing tours. If you are an aspiring model then the first thing that you need is an agency. Don’t worry! You are at the right place. In this article, we will be talking about the 5 best modeling agencies in the world.

  1. IMG
    Arguably the world’s best modeling agency. You won’t be hearing about IMG just approaching a model in a mall or on Instagram. Before they hire someone, they have a strict list of criteria that must be met. Not just the look, their prospective models should have the personality too.
    Being in the industry for the last 20 years, IMG has some of the biggest names in the world of fashion as their staff. From Kate Moss, Miranda Kerr, Gigi Hadid, to Carolyn Murphy and Ben Still, they all share the same agency. What IMG has been invested in, apart from the aesthetic appeal, is the grooming of their models. Meeting someone off-camera would be just as pleasant an experience as talking to them on stage.
  2. Ford Models
    Ford is known for its family-like environment. Started in 1946 by Gerald W. Ford, he wanted his agency to be a home for models from all around the world. Ford takes in pupils from a common walk of life and transforms them into global stars, like Lindsay Lohan, Amber Rose, Twiggy, Adriana Lima, etc.
    Another quality that sets apart Ford from other agencies is that it is one of the most diverse (aesthetically, racially, and style-wise) agencies operating today. By being accepted under the wings of Ford, you guarantee a lifelong mentor, to guide you not just in the modeling industry but also at how to successfully transition from the role of a supermodel to that of a quality person.
  3. Elite Model Management
    Started in Paris in 1972 by John Casablancas and Alain Kittler, Elite Model Management is another industry-defining agency. What sets it apart from others is the sheer influence it has had on the entire world through the medium of its work. Some of the biggest names in the fashion world, Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, Cameron Diaz (these are also some of the most influential people in their trade) are from its agency.
    Diverting from the traditional requirements of the fashion world, Elite chose to focus more on what women’s fashion world represented- empowering women. Using its reach and influence as a platform, Elite has managed to launch some of the most “misfit” models (who defy the obnoxious way of life in favor of a more grounded approach towards life) into stardom.
  4. Next Management
    Starting in New York in 1989 Next Management built itself up through the infusion of fresh faces and a whole new dimension of style in the industry. Some of the most recognizable names from its house include those of Milla Jovovich, Rita Ora, and Anja Rubik. Championing the cause of inclusion and standing against racial discrimination, Next Management offers a clean and meticulously operated working environment to women looking to make their career in the field.
    You can apply to Next Management with a few headshots and an ample load of confidence. They will start you out with small projects and shoots that pay somewhere in the vicinity of USD350 per hour before moving you up to major projects and fashion shows.
  5. Women Management
    Founded in 1988 in New York, Women Management is one of the biggest names in European fashion today. With a prominent presence in both Paris and Milan, Women management enjoys an unparalleled level of respect when it comes to staging and attending its shows. With names like Natasha Poly, Kasia Struss, and Carmen Cass, we are sure you would not want to miss a show either.
    Over the years, professionalism and a strict sense of discipline have earned Women Management the respect of its collaborators, photographers, brands, magazines, and designers. Still maintaining its presence in New York, it operates as a worldwide hub for talent and aspiring models.

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