Founded in 1972 in Paris Elite Model Management agency today has become an international network with more than 35 offices throughout the world, and is known for the most advanced models selection process (a special competition Elite Model Look Contest was even established in 1983). Forty years after, Elite manages more than 800 models from 5 continents. Agency’s client base includes such leading fashion houses as Chanel, Dior, Victoria’s Secret, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Versace.




Top faces: Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cara Delevingne





IMG is one of the top international model agencies with European offices in Paris, London and Milan. It is a subsidiary of the corporation IMG which since 1960 has been creating the popular American sports programs and it also owns a sports academy, a consulting firm and an acting agency. Until 2012, IMG Models were engaged only in promoting female models but recently have reactivated their male model representation. The agency prefer high-fashion and strange types of faces for their board.


Top faces: Gisele Bündchen, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Sasha Pivovarova





NEXT Model Management is an international model agency and has offices in Milan, London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Miami. It was founded in 1989 and now is one of the top agencies in the world. This agency perhaps is the most multidisciplinary model agency. For instance, it has a successful division called ‘Special Booking’ which organizes fashion projects for various world stars. Also in Next there is even a division for… cooks! It is located in New York and works with the world’s best chefs and culinary brands.


Top faces: Abbey Lee Kershaw, Anja Rubik, Petra Nemcova




Women Management was founded in New York in 1988 with a view to extend the boundaries of people’s vision on nonstandard beauty. They were inspired to grab the biggest piece of the «fashion scene» pie in terms of beauty standards – praise all types of appearance, not only traditional. Now the agency has well-known offices in Europe – Paris and Milan. Over the past decades the Women agency has become one of the most respected by the clients – photographers, brands, designers and magazines.


Top faces: Kate Moss, Natasha Poly, Kasia Struss, Carmen Kass




Major Model Management was founded in 1999 in New York, it is a boutique agency and is one of the most prestigious and successful model agencies in the world. Agency offices are located in Paris, Milan, Munich and New York.


Top faces: Daniela de Jesus, Florian van Bael, Jake Shortall


AUTHOR // Sasha Khramova