The Agencies Behind 12 Top Models

Leah Faye Cooper
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The Agencies Behind 12 Top Models
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The quintessential modeling success story goes something like this: a small-town teenager—who’s definitely tall and possibly a bit awkward—is minding her own business with friends at the mall. She’s in line to get a Cinnabon, when she’s approached by a scout who says she should be a model. Two weeks later she’s at Paris Fashion Week, walking for Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton, and shooting a Saint Laurent campaign between shows.

What’s often missing from this fairly tale though is that before models start living the high-fashion life, they need to sign with an agency.

The best modeling agencies have tremendous influence over the industry, managing the careers of top talent and scouting promising models all around the world. You likely know many of their names (Ford, Elite, IMG) and here’s who they rep—from Karlie Kloss and Lineisy Montero to Ruth Bell and Liu Wen.  

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Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid

Hadid's rise to stardom was jumpstarted in 2013 when she moved to New York and signed with IMG Models.

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Lineisy Montero
Lineisy Montero

The Dominican model known for her signature cropped fro (and walking in 68 Spring/Summer 2016 shows) is represented by Next Model Management.

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Joan Smalls
Joan Smalls

Smalls started her career with Elite Model Management and is currently signed to IMG. 

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Kendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner

The reality TV star turned model is represented by The Society in New York and Elite Models in Paris.

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Elsa Hosk
Elsa Hosk

The Swedish Victoria's Secret Angel is another big name on the IMG roster.

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Jasmine Tookes
Jasmine Tookes

Southern California native Tookes inked a deal with IMG in 2012 and has been with the agency ever since.

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Amilna Estevåo
Amilna Estevåo

One of the most recognizable emerging talents, Estevåo is managed by The Society in New York and Elite in Paris.

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Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham

Currently a member of the IMG family, Graham worked with both Wilhelmina Models and Ford Models earlier in her career.   

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Ruth Bell
Ruth Bell

The British breakout star is signed to Elite London and represented by The Society while working in New York.  

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Karlie Kloss
Karlie Kloss

After working with Elite and Next, Kloss is currently signed to IMG. 

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Liu Wen
Liu Wen

Known for her work with Esteé Lauder and Victoria's Secret, Wen is represented by The Society in New York, Storm Model Management in London, and Elite in Milan and Paris.

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Bella Hadid
Bella Hadid

Like older sister Gigi, Hadid is also with IMG. 

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  • Gigi Hadid
  • Lineisy Montero
  • Joan Smalls
  • Kendall Jenner
  • Elsa Hosk
  • Jasmine Tookes
  • Amilna Estevåo
  • Ashley Graham
  • Ruth Bell
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  • Liu Wen
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