top modeling agencies and how to submit pictures

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as a photographer I w often work with models. they are often at a loss where to turn when it comes to submitting pictures to modeling agencies. as a service below is a list of some of the top ones. this article used to be a long page with all of the top agencies in new york listed. for your convenience, I reworked it with just links so that you can jump to only the agency that you’re interested in, instead of scrolling all the way down. if you have comments and suggestions, please voice them below.

ford models
ford models is a world recognized modeling agency that represents fashion talent. they have a roster of models – women and men – as well as other fashion specialties.

for photo submissions: scouting – ford models on the page there’s a button to click on for info about open calls.

57 West 57th Street, PH, New York, NY 10019, 212-219-6500

elite model
management elite model management  was founded by john casablancas and alain kittler and quickly helped develop a new model image that lead to the definition of the supermodel. among models represented by elite Agyness Deyn, Heidi Klum, to name a few.

for photo submissions: elite model – be discovered website navigation is very confusing. they state they don’t hold any open calls and request you to fill a web form.

245 Fifth Avenue, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10016, 212-529-9700

img models
img models is one of the world’s leading international modeling agencies with offices in new york, london, milan, paris, and sydney. they cater to celebrities, fashion publications and prestigious ad campaigns and represent female models such as gisele bündchen and joan smalls.

for photo submissions: img models – become a model they give detailed instructions to the age and picture requirements.

304 Park Avenue South, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10010, 212-253-8884

new york models
new york model management is a trend setting modeling agency launched in 1995 that promotes new faces to the fashion industry. they have represented top models such as elle macpherson, with new rising stars. they also have a men’s division.

for photo submissions: new york models – be discovered there’s a clear button on top right reading ‘be discovered’. on the next window they give info on open calls and detailed instructions on what and how to submit.

596 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY10012, 212-539-1700

next models
next model management is one successful modeling agency launched in new york in 1989 with offices in london, paris, milan, etc…they have a great team of model agents, talent spotters and a roster of supermodels like anja rubik and isabelli fontana, to name a few.

for photo submissions: become a next model an easy button ‘become a next model’ is displayed down the home page. when you click on it, it expand to display instructions on how to submit with online options.

15 Watts Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10013, 212-925-5100

one management
one management was founded in 2002 with the primary focus of bringing together the elements of fashion, film, music and celebrity. their current roster of talent includes well known models such as claudia schiffer, iman, etc…

for photo submissions: contact one management no information available for model photo submissions. telephone number and contact email are listed on the bottom right.

42 Bond St #2, New York, NY 10012, 212-505-5545

wilhelmina models is one of the most prominent talent management agencies in the world with a prestigious standing as an industry leader. they provide a full range of model management for women, men, including full-figured, fitness, children models, etc…

for photo submissions: wilhelmina – become a model there’s a clear button marked ‘become a model’ which leads you to a page with instructions on how to submit pictures for consideration

300 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010, 212-473-0700

women management is an agency that expands on the concept of beauty beyond the traditional model of the 1980s. that spawned an agency which is a power player today represents famous supermodels like angela lindvall,  caroline trentini and jourdan dunn.

for photo submissions: become a model with women management there are no photo submission instructions, just a page with a form that you fill in.

199 Lafayette Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10012, 212-334-7480

dna model management
dna is a modeling agency in new york city that manages some of the top commercial and editorial talent. You could say that it’s in this agency’s, well, DNA to manage some of the top commercial and editorial talent of the day. the agency was founded in 1996 by jerome and david bonnouvrier. they represents some top models such as alessandra ambrosio, natalia vodianova and doutzen kroes.

for photo submissions: there isn’t much information, except two email addresses – and – to send headshots to.

555 West 25th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10001, 212-226-0080

marilyn agency
marilyn modeling agency is based in paris, france and has one of the most prestigious reputations in the world. it was founded by marilyn gauthier who brought the agency to new york city in 1998. Among the industry heavyweight represented by marylin naomi campbell and kate moss. others include models like caroline trentini and coco rocha.

for photo submissions: their contact page doesn’t give much information except for the age and height requirements and an email address to send pictures to:

32 Union Square E, New York, NY 10003, 212-260-6500

silent models new york
is a boutique modeling agency based in new york. though a relative newcomer – it was founded in 2008 – it has recently been named one of the top modeling agencies. represents models like Line Brems who has been on runways from louis vuitton to dolce & gabbana and others. the agency’s models have also appeared in editorials for vogue and other fashion magazines, and in campaigns for top designers and fashion houses. silent also promotes diversity by representing models from a variety of ethnicities, something notable in the fashion industry.

for photo submissions:: silent asks applicants to avoid wearing makeup or accessories – it only represents women. for more information check their online submission page.

127 West 26th Street, Suite 502, New York, NY 10001, 646-370-1582

check also my model photography page.

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