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Top 10 Modeling Agencies in the world

Modeling industry is one of the biggest industries after film industry and both are interlinked to each other. Many individuals start as models but eventually become actors or join modeling with the intention to become actors. Like any other career, modeling also comes with its positive and negative aspects. The industry is full of glamour, gives you a lot of fame and publicity and people idolize the models for their looks and style, but it has a very dark side as well. The models work very hard to make a place for themselves, as they have a constant risk of being replaced by a new and a fresh face. The models are usually on a diet and workout constantly to maintain a body which is one of their USP’s. Apart from all these things, models also at times suffer wardrobe malfunction, which leaves a huge effect on their career and also affects them emotionally.

The industry has always been in news for its casting couch incidences and most of the models are said to be drug addicts, which help them survive through the all the pressure. Anyhow, every career comes with its pros and cons and it depends on the individuals what they choose to see in it. Here is list of top ten Modeling Agencies in the world:

10 Next Model Management

Modeling Agencies

Next was established in 1989, by Faith Kates. It is global agency with offices located in New York, Los Angeles, London, Milan, Paris, Miami, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Brands and publications know, Next is the best choice for finding a new face or a globally recognized face for their campaigns. The agency is known for producing supermodels like Kate Upton, Anna Cleveland, Anais Mali and many more. In men’s model they have John Halls, Matthew Holt, Lucky Blue Smith, Arthur Kulkov etc.

The agency is known for finding new talent and helps them groom and have longlasting careers. Models like Molly Sims, Abbey Lee, Jamie King etc. shifted to films seamlessly under the guidance of Next. They play a liaison the models and the fashion industry. Next also has a contract with America’s Next Top Model. The winner of the show in turn gets a modeling contract with Next.


9 One Management

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One Management

Established in 2001 in New York by Scott Lipps, it focuses on joining fashion with Film, Music and Celebrity. It is not that old as compared to other agencies but has done well in a short span of time. It has 5 divisions under it: Women, Men, social Media, Commercial and Celebrity. It represents a list of successful models including: Helena Christensen, Bar Refaeli, Iman, Karolina Kurkova etc.

One’s dedicated and experienced team is quite successful in bring fashion, music and film together and represents artists like Nicki Minaj, Courtney Love, Norman Reedus etc. in 2014, One proclaimed itself as the leader in digital media and introduced a new division called One.1K, connecting new talents with the brands using social media.


8 Women management

Women management
Women management

This modeling agency in New York was established by Paul Rowland in the year 1988. It is considered to be the in New York by Models.com, with 25 models of the agency making a place in the top model list of the site. It has its offices in Milan and Paris also. The motto of the agency was to embrace novel beauty. For past two decades it has produced numerous top models like Carmen Kass, Isabeli Fontana, Kate Moss, Natasha Poly etc. The firm mainly deals in commercial modeling and designing. The board of the company comprises of the best models in the world.


7 Storm management

storm management
storm management

It is an agency located in Chelsea, London. It was established by Sarah Doukas in 1987, at her home in London. Established for more than 30yrs now, it is one of the big players in the fashion industry. It is known for launching many famous faces to the industry like Jourdan Dunn, Lily Cole, Cara and Poppy Delevingne etc.

Over the years, Strom has grown immensely and has three divisions under it, namely Strom Model- known for finding, managing and developing careers of most exciting modeling talents all round the world, Strom Artist- it a special booking division and specializes in opportunities for high end talent in creative spectrum and last Strom Vision- it provides management services exciting and innovative talent in digital and broadcast.


6 Elite Model Management

Elite Model Management
Elite Model Management

It is a modeling chain started originally in Paris in 1972 and expanded at various locations all round the globe. It is a subordinate company of Elite World S.A. The founders of Elite were John Casablancas and Alain Kittler. Casablancas got inspired by his wife, Miss Universe and former model from Denmark and opened a modeling agency. Later, the agency was purchased by Nicholas Farrae in 1990.

Elite World S.A is its parent company. For over the years it has expanded in many countries and took over many agencies. In 2012, Elite took over Model Masters, a company of Amsterdam. The company is known for its contract with Holland’s Next Top Model. The famous models associated with the company are Cindy Crawford, Kendall Jenner, Tyra Banks, Paulina Porizkova and many more.


5 Marilyn Agency

Marilyn Agency
Marilyn Agency

Marilyn Gauthier established Marilyn Agency in 1985 in Paris and later brought it to New York in 1998 as Marilyn Model Management. Ever since its establishment, agency has always stuck to its values: using highly advanced fashion trends, maintaining extreme level of ethical standards and incline to all the needs of its talents and clients.

The career at Marilyn is carefully tailored with sufficient time given every individual, which results in successful and long lasting careers. The agency has produced some well known faces like Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha, Adriana Lima, Eva Herzigova, Liu Wen, Missy Rayder and many more. The male models include: Sam Way, Will Chalker, Baptiste Giabiconi and Marlon Teixeira.


4 DNA Models

DNA Models
DNA Models

Founded by David and Jerome Bonnouvrier in 1996 is an agency in New York. It is amongst the top 3 agencies around the world. David Bonnouvrier is one of the few owners, who actually sits at the booking board daily and has relations with the most influential player of the industry which are almost a decade old.

This is what makes it the best agency in the world. The well known faces of the agency are Natalia Vodianova, Linda Evangelista, Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow etc. Actors like Shemar Moore, Ian Somerhalder, Matthew Gray Gubler and sportsman Evan Lysacek, Olympics gold winner, are also associated with DNA.


3 IMG Models

IMG Models
IMG Models

IMG Model is a part of International Management group, which is a sports, talent and event management co. located in New York. Since 2013, Silver Lake Partners and William Morris Endeavor are the owners. IMG Model offices are located in London, Milan, Sydney, Paris and New York.

Modeling Agency has been associated with faces like Miranda Kerr, Ashley Graham, Adam Butcher, Gigi Hadid and many more. It launched its men’s division first in 2007 and after its success; women’s division was launched in 2012.


2 Model Management

It’s a modeling agency established in the 1990 by Heidi Gross in Germany. It was successful ever since its inception and covered fashion and commercial models. It has in total 250,000 modal and 111,000 professional working for them.

It gives platform to new faces, aspiring models that are looking for channel to get in the industry in the right way and after getting professionally trained. Apart from new talent, they also provide services to brands business and institutes for marketing or running their campaigns. It is one of the most influential agencies in Germany. The company has been associated with Elite Model Look and have discovered model actress Diane Kruger.


1 Ford Models

Ford Models
Ford Models

Founded by Eileen Ford and Gerard W. Ford, her spouse in the year 1946, is an America based modeling agency located in New York. The company was started by the couple at home and in 1995 it was taken over by Katie Ford after working for 16yrs in it. In 2007, John Caplan became the CEO of the company.

The company has a division Ford Artist, which represents its talent in makeup, hair and wardrobe. In 2008, 80% of its shares were bought by Magnum Sports and Entertainment and in 2007, Stone Tower Equity partners, invested in it. The name of Stone Tower was later changed to Altpoint Capital Partners. Today top class makeup artists, designers, prop stylists, artists and photographers are associated with Ford Models.


Top 10 Modeling Agencies in the world

Sr No.Names
1Ford Models
2Model Management
3IMG Models
4DNA Models
5Marilyn Agency
6Elite Model Management
7Storm management
8Women management
9One Management
10Next Model Management

This list can be good career guide for the aspiring models. It will help you to get the right start in this big fashion industry, where everyday new faces are introduced and old ones are replaced. To start a career in modeling, talent is just not enough; you need to market yourself at the right place and in front of right people.

This is where these companies come handy, who train you and market you through their clients and make sure that you have a good and long lasting career. So, pick the right agency for yourself and then there is no stopping, sky is yours.

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