20 Best Modeling Agencies in NYC You Need To Know Right Now

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20 Best Modeling Agencies in New York

With over 900 fashion companies and more than 75 major trade shows, New York is one of the top fashion capitals of the world.

Thousands of new and established models flock to New York City every year to try their hand at modeling. 

But before you can start strutting your stuff on New York Fashion Week, or be featured in Vogue or Elle you must first get a modeling agency to represent you. 

With over 70 modeling agencies headquartered in NYC, finding the right agency can be a bit tricky. 

Thus, we have curated a list of the best modeling agencies in New York, together with a brief history of each agency, their submission policies, and the top models on their rosters currently. 

1. Ford Models

About the agency

Ford Models is one of the most recognized and prestigious modeling agencies in New York and the world.

It was established in 1946 by Eileen and Jerry Ford, who started the agency from their NYC home. 

While Ford Models has its headquarters in NYC, the agency also has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Paris, and Sao Paulo.

Since opening its doors in the 1940s, Ford Models has represented some of the most iconic and successful models in the world. 

These include Suzy Parker, Candice Bergen, Janice Dickinson, Lauren Hutton, Veruschka, Brook Shields, Ali MacGraw, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington among many others. 

Ford Models was responsible for making the modeling industry more professional by demanding and ensuring respectful treatment of their models. 

The agency also pioneered several work practices like developing a voucher system that helped standardize wages and work hours for models and creating a system of switchboards and index cards for quickly finding models for their clients. 

Today the agency has adopted with the changes in the industry by creating new divisions like Ford Digital and Ford Artists.

Ford Digital is an influencer and creative talent division while Ford Artists represents hair stylists, makeup artists, photographers, and many more. 


Women – Main, Management, Curve,


Models can apply online here. When applying Ford Models suggests the following tips:

  • Have a clean face with absolutely no makeup.
  • Pull your hair back.
  • Wear a form-fitting outfit like skinny jeans and a tank top. We need to see the shape of your body.

The agency cautions prospective models to take the following precautions when applying to Ford Models:

  • You should never pay to attend a casting.
  • You should never share photos in the nude or in lingerie.
  • All FORD Models representatives correspond via email domains that end with fordmodels.com. 
  • If you are contacted by anyone claiming to be a representative of FORD Models, do not respond without first verifying their identity by promptly calling us directly at (212) 219-6500 and we’ll be happy to assist you.
  • You should always verify the identity of individuals who host castings through the FORD Models casting platform.

Notable Models

Chiara Hovland, Aline Nakashima, Sophia Resing, Livia Rangel, Clair Pimentel, Hilary Rhoda, Caroline Conegatto, Yulu, David Gandy, Jonas Mason, Ryan Burns, Zhao Lei, Brad Kroenig, Channing Tatum, Broderick Hunter

2. Elite Model Management

About the agency

Elite Model Management is one of the top modeling agencies in the world. The agency was founded by John Cassablanca in 1972 in Paris and opened its New York office in 1977.

Today Elite has 3 more offices in Los Angeles, Miami, and Toronto. 

Elite was one of the main agencies involved in the modeling wars of the 1980s.

In 1983 Elite established the Elite Model Look, which is a modeling competition through which the agency discovers and recruits models. 

Created in response to Ford’s  (their major competitor) Supermodel of the World Contest, Elite Model Look was responsible for the discovery of several high-profile models and it still runs today. 

Over the years, Elite has represented numerous superstar models like Ingmari Lamy, Lynn Kohlman, Paula Brenken, Linda Evangelist, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Uma Thurman, Iman, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Cameron Diaz, Giselle Bundchen, Tatiana Patitz, Veronica Webb, Karen Mulder and many others. 

Since its early days, the agency has promoted diversity and inclusion for models and was the first agency to represent a transgender model.

On the other hand, between 1987 and 1993, the agency has been accused of several sexual assault and rape allegations by its male employees and especially the head of the agency, Gerald Marie who was publicly exposed by a BBC documentary in 1999. 

Elite Model Management is owned by the parent company Elite World Groups (EWG) which also owns other modeling agencies like Women Management, Supreme Management, The Society Management, and Elite Model-360.


Women – Image, Elite, Development, Atelier (Direct, Showroom, Fittings), & Creative
Men – Creative


Models can fill out the online application and submit their materials through email at becomeelite@elitemodels.com. Applicants should follow the guidelines below when applying:

  • All applicants must be 18 or have written parental consent for consideration.
  • For your photos, please wear form-fitted clothing so that we can clearly see your body shape.
  • Please do not wear any makeup or large accessories like hoop earrings or bracelets as they may be distracting. No smiles! Lastly, relax and be your natural and empowered self!

Notable Models 

Kendall Jenner, Adut Akech, Irina Shayk, Liu Wen, Adesuwa Aighewi, Josephine Skriver, Mariacarla Boscono, Vittoria Ceretti, Coco Rocha, Lais Ribeiro, Isabeli Fontana

3. Next Model Management

About the agency

Next Model Management is a New York modeling agency that has been representing some of the top models in the world for over 30 years.

Founded by Faith Kates and Joel Wilkenfeld, the agency is headquartered in New York with more offices in London, Paris, Milan, and Los Angeles. 

Next has discovered and launched the careers of supermodels like Anok Yai, Arthur Kulkov, Grace Elizabeth, Hiandra Martinez, Ugbad Abdi, and Yuri Pleskun.

The agency also represents some of the top performers and creatives in the world including Billie Eilish, Diggy Simmons, Diplo, Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey, and many others. 

According to Next’s Director of Scouting Jason Valenta, the agency scouts models by working with mother agencies worldwide, through Next’s open calls, or through modeling conventions. 

Next also scouts models on Instagram but ultimately models have to meet the scouts in person before joining the agency. 


Women – Main, New Faces
Men – Main, New Faces
Digital Artists & Illustration
Talent – Actors, Musicians, Influencers, Dancers
Artists – Art Directors, Brand Ambassadors, Grooming, Hair, Hair & Makeup, Photographers, Producers, Props & Set Design, Still Life Stylists, Stylists, Tailors


Models can apply online here. Here are some safety guidelines to follow when applying. 

  • Please be aware there are certain individuals on the internet falsely claiming to be representatives or scouts of Next Management. 
  • If you are contacted by anyone claiming to be a representative of Next Management, do not respond without first verifying their identity by promptly CALLING us directly at one of our offices listed below and we’ll be happy to assist you. 
  • NY Office: +1-212-925-5100

Notable Talent 

Abby Champion, Allana Santos Brito, Altyn Simpson, Ambar Cristal, Binx Walton, Blanca Padilla, Cynthia Arrebola, Erika Linder, Grace Hartzel, Jane Moseley, Lia Pavlova, Lineisy Montero, Lone Praesto, Mona Tougaard, Myrthe Bolt, Nouri, Selena Forrest, Ugbad Abdi, Vilma Sjoberg

4. Wilhelmina Models

About the agency

Wilhelmina Models is one of the oldest and most prestigious modeling agencies in New York and the world. Dutch supermodel Wilhelmina Cooper founded the agency in 1967. 

Wilhelmina is a full-service modeling and talent agency that represents women, men, and fitness models as well as entertainers and musicians.

The agency has its headquarters in New York, with additional offices in Los Angeles, Miami, and London.

It also has licensees throughout the world. 

When it comes to scouting models, Wilhelmina primarily looks for models that have longevity and can actually make a career out of modeling.

The agency is well known for finding young models and representing them in some cases for their entire careers. 

While the agency occasionally scouts models on social media like Instagram and Tik-Tok, the best way for an aspiring model to get noticed is by applying online on the Wilhelmina website.


Women – Main, Development, Direct, Curve, Showroom-Runway
Men – Main, Development, Big & Tall
Sports + Fitness – Women, Men


Models can apply online here.

Notable Models 

Ana Maria Figueroa, Serena Marques,Bianca Balti, Valentine Charrasse, Danny Schwarz, Bojana Krsmanovic, Karolina Kurkova, Milena Feuerer, Yao Shiau, Priscilla Huggins,  David Fisher, Kate King

5. DNA Model Management – 7

About the agency

DNA Model Management is another well-known and respected New York modeling agency. 

Founded by the Bonnouvriers in the mid-1990s, the agency has represented an impressive lineup of models like Liya Kebede, Natalia Vodianova, Raquel Zimmermann, Anja Rubik, Laetitia Casta, Eva Herzigova, Stella Tennant, Adwoa Aboah, and Doutzen Kroes among others. 

When it first opened its doors the DNA had only one client and they were joining an industry made up of powerful agencies like Elite, Women, and Next, at the time. 

In the late 90s agents started leaving the other agencies and some of their top models joined DNA. Since then DNA has made a name for itself as one of the best modeling agencies in NYC. 

DNA looks for models that are positive, dedicated, and willing to take modeling seriously. Even more important, however, is being social and relatable.

Models have to be able to understand the vision of photographers and designers and translate that into a final product.  


Women – Mainboard, Development, Instagram
Men – Mainboard, Development, Instagram


Models can submit their pictures for review by email at the following addresses. 

Women – submission.women@dnamodels.com
Men – submission.men@dnamodels.com

Here are some safety guidelines to follow when applying:

  • Please be aware that there are unscrupulous individuals falsely posing as representatives or scouts working for DNA Model Management through various social media platforms. 
  • If you are contacted by anyone claiming to be a representative of DNA Model Management, do not respond without first verifying their identity by calling + 1 212-226-0080 extension 9001. 
  • We also suggest that you alert a parent or responsible adult immediately. 
  • DNA does not request nude or lingerie pictures, we do not request a fee to view your pictures, nor do we conduct interviews via Skype. 

Notable Models 

Imaan Hammam, Mica Arganaraz, Emily Ratajkowski, Liya Kebede, Rianne van Rompaey, Linda Evangelista, Adwoa Aboah, Arizona Muze, Freja Beha Erichsen, Devyn Garcia, Doutzen Kroes, Indira Scott, Edita Vilkeviciute, Othilia Simon, Malika El Maslouhi, Abdulaye Niang, Chiekh Tall, David Trulik, Elias De Poot, Mahamadou Diaoune

6. IMG Models

About the agency

Established in the late 1980s by sports agent Mark McCormack, IMG Models is an internationally renowned modeling agency that is well known for its diverse client roster. 

The agency has offices in Los Angeles, Paris, London, Milan, and Sydney, with its headquarters in New York. 

Since its early years, IMG has based its operations on the core belief that models can use their popularity to build strong personal brands instead of being exclusively dependent on magazine features or runway shows. 

This commitment to developing careers and brands over bookings has helped IMG become one of the most sought-after modeling agencies today.


Women – Main, Development
Men – Main, Development, Brawn


Note: Models don’t need any previous experience or a portfolio of expensive professional headshots to apply.

Fill out and submit your online application here

Unique Programs/Initiatives

Model Prep

IMG was also the first modeling agency to launch an initiative to help first-time models deal with stressful industry events like Fashion Week. 

First launched in 2008, Model Prep is a twice-a-year event where industry experts like casting directors, dermatologists, therapists, veteran models, and others share their own journeys and advice. 

Today the program has evolved into a mentorship program where diverse topics like cybersecurity, tardiness, voting and sexual harassment are discussed.  


WLYG or “We Love Your Genes” is a new model scouting initiative on Instagram that was created by IMG in 2014. In 2014 alone the agency signed 50 new models through the WLYG hashtag.

This is one of the easiest ways for prospective models to get scouted. All it takes is tagging your pics with #WLYG to get scouted.

Based on the success of the WYLG initiative, IMG now also uses Tik Tok to scout new faces. 

“TikTok is great for scouting,” Jeni says. “Because you get to see so much more of someone’s character. For me, it’s the next step. We look at both — if there is somebody we like on TikTok we look at their Instagram too.

It’s great when accounts are linked between the two because we can look at their snapshots and their dancing!” – Jeni Rose, Senior VP at IMG (source: i-d.vice)


Brawn is a male plus-size division that IMG established in 2016. Since its creation, the division has grown to represent some of the top models in Big & Tall fashion today.

Through Brawn, IMG has introduced a new way to portray male beauty in the industry. IMG has placed plus-sized male models in several ad campaigns throughout the US.

Furthermore, the agency is working with over 30 fashion brands to create more plus-sized clothing in the US, UK, and Australia. 

Fashion Camp

Created in 2017, Fashion Camp is a one-week experience for teens aged 14-20 that is hosted every summer in Bradenton Florida.

The camp is an event where young aspiring models learn about the fashion industry and learn about the different career paths they can pursue. 

Past speakers include IMG Models’ Gigi Hadid, Ashley Graham, Lily Aldridge, Hailey Bieber, Halima Aden, The Wall Group’s Karla Welch, Daniel Martin, Lacy Redway, and Vincent Oquendo, LENS’ Russell James and Christelle de Castro, designers, Brandon Maxwell, Dapper Dan, Christian Cowan, and many more.

Notable Models 

Thylane, Paris Jackson, Alek Wek, Georgia Palmer, Amanda Wellsh, Du Juan, Ashley Graham, Natalia Bryant, Ashley Radjarame, Bella Hadid, Camila Morrone, Gigi Hadid, Candice Huffine, Maria Borges, Carolyn Murphy, Milla Jovovich, Cato Van EE, Elsa Hosk, Chanel Iman, Iris Law, Clare Crawford, Miranda Kerr, Daria Werbowy, Eileen Gu, Jourdan Dunn, Elizabeth Lake, Kate Moss, Emily Didonato, Barbara Palvin, Gemma Ward, Hailey Bieber, Joan Smalls, Hana Jirickova, Charlee Fraser, He Cong, Lily Donaldson, Hyunji Shin, Jessica Stam, Aweng Chuol, Malika Louback, Amanda Murphy, Maty Fall, Precious Lee, Romee Strijd, Tara Lynn

7. New York Model Management (NYM)

About the agency

Founded in 1995 by Heinz Holba, New York Model Management is a full-service modeling agency that ranks among NYC’s top modeling agencies despite being a relatively new agency.  

NYM is part of Holba’s portfolio of agencies including LA Models and LA Talent. Even though the agency has the size of a boutique agency, its influence in the modeling/fashion industry is quite strong. 

This can be seen in NYM’s participation in all major annual fashion events in New York, London, Paris, and Milan.

NYM’s staff also brings a wealth of industry knowledge and hands-on experience like VP Marion Smith who worked for several years with the legendary Eileen Ford at Ford Models. 

As an agency NYM is well known for discovering and bringing exciting and talented new faces to the industry.

Some of the models NYM has represented in the past include Anna Jagondzinska, Xavier Buestel, Charles Oduro, Beri Smither, Joana Sanz, Philyne Mercedes, Hallie Hummer, and many more. 


Women – Image, Main, Development, Direct
Men – Main, Development


Adult Submission

Note: Men should be between 5’11” and 6’3″ and women should be between 5’9″ and 6′.

NYM does not represent mature models.

Models can submit online here. Follow these guidelines when applying:

  • Do not smile
  • Do not pose
  • Shoot with a plain wall or simple background behind you
  • Wear a swimsuit
  • Digital photos are best
  • Keep your hair pulled back
  • Do not send large photo files
  • Be as natural as possible – NO MAKE UP!!!
  • Make sure to include all your statistics including, age, birth date, height and measurements

Applicants who can’t submit online can still submit photos by mail. Photos should be current and natural and we prefer non-professional. They may be sent by mail to the address below:

71 West 23rd Street Suite 301
New York, New York 10010

Submission & Photographs will not be returned. Photos should include:

  • Headshot straight on
  • Full length body shot
  • 3/4 shot straight on
  • Headshot profiles

Here are some safety guidelines to follow when applying:

  • Be cautious of interactions with individuals who contact you online through social media or via email. 
  • New York Models will only contact you through a social media application or through email with an New York Models domain, such as @newyorkmodels.com or @newyorkmodels official Instagram.
  • You should always independently verify the identity of any individual claiming to be a representative of New York Models or verify the accuracy of any communication that you receive from New York Models by calling us at +1 212.539.1700 or email info@newyorkmodels.com 
  • If you believe you have been contacted by someone impersonating an New York Models representative, please contact our offices immediately as your first step before responding or sharing any personal information.

Kids Submission

The Kids division at New York Model Management is always looking for new faces to represent. We represent children from the age of 6 months through 12 years.

If you are interested in pursuing modeling for your child at New York Models, and you live within 2 hours driving distance of NYC, please follow the below submission instructions for child model applicants.

  • Email 3-4 snapshots of your child to kids@newyorkmodels.com.
  • Include your child’s age, height, date of birth, and contact number so that we are able to reach you.
  • Photos should have a clear view of your child and should be snapshots from home. The pictures need to be color photos (black & white photos will not be considered).
  • No hats, no sunglasses, no food, no makeup. 
  • The pictures that you are sending for consideration should have one person in the picture i.e the child that you are submitting for consideration.
  • If the agency is interested, they will contact you within two weeks of receiving your submission.

Notable Models

Amy Bracco Biden, Caroline Winberg, Eniko Milhalik, Iliana Papageorgiou, Shelby Coleman, Joana Sanz, Dominique Spindler, Valeria Mazza, Jessica Whitlow, Tess, Fatou Jobe, Eftagine Fevilien, Marie-Louise Wedel, Isabella Derrick, Luping, Nastya Abramova, Pauline Hoarau

8. Marilyn Agency

About the agency

Founded in Paris in 1985, Marilyn Agency opened its New York office in 1997.

The agency was created by legendary model agent Marilyn Gauthier who is known for her numerous achievements like signing young Kate Moss and signing the first contract with Estee Lauder. 

Marilyn stood out from other agencies even in its early days because of their mostly editorial roster.

The agency continued this legacy by establishing a reputation for being an agency that was always on the cutting edge of trends and innovation. 

Marilyn was one of the first modeling agencies to have a sports division that represented iconic stars like Boxer Evander Holyfield and Soccer player Zinedine Zidane.

The agency was also one of the first to create a curvy/plus size division. 

Despite its boutique size, Marilyn has represented some of the most iconic models in the world and ranks among one of NYC’s top modeling agencies today. 

Mounia Orosemane/ Model Yves St Laurent, Marie Seznec/ Muse Christian Lacroix, Carre Otis, Naomi Campbell, Ines de la Fressange, Helena Christensen, Carla Bruni, Kate Moss, Liu Wen, and  Adriana Lima are just a few of the models Marilyn has represented. 


Men – Main, Development
Women – Main, Development


Models can apply online here. If you have a portfolio you want to showcase you can send it to scouting@marilyn-ny.com.

Please submit four photos together with your online application. Photos don’t need to be professionally done and can be shot with a phone. Follow these guidelines for your photos:

  • Shoot in clean, natural light, avoiding the direct sun or harsh shadows
  • We need to see 4 distinct shots (a shot from your shoulders up, a shot from your waist up, a profile shot, and a shot of your full body)
  • Wear simple, fitted, solid-colored clothing
  • We need to see you at your natural best, so no make-up, filters, or editing

The agency will contact models that they want to have a follow-up meeting with. Please do not call or email regarding your submission. Marilyn does not host open calls or accept walk-ins. 

Notable Models

Anna Shoot, Caroline Corinth, Emily Liptow, Filippa Hamilton, Flavia Lucini, Julia Almendra, Lakshmi Menon, Litza Veloz, Malaika Firth, Margot Davy, Mili Boskovic, Nicole Neumann, Paulina Kube, Sibyl Buck

9. Women Management

About the agency

Boasting a roster made up of the world’s most renowned models like Coco Rocha, Josephine Le Tutour, and Mariacarla Boscono among many others,

Women Management is one of NYC’s most influential and trusted fashion talent agencies. 

Some of the supermodels Women has represented include Carmen Kass, Natasha Poly, Behati Prinsloo, Jourdan Dunn, Isabeli Fontana, Coco Rocha, Valerie Scherzinger, and many others. 

While it is headquartered in New York, Women also has offices in Los Angeles, Paris, and Milan. Women Management is also part of EWG (Elite World Group).

Recognizing the shift in the fashion and modeling industry from traditional strategies like magazine placements and advertising campaigns to brand partnerships through social media

Always on the cutting edge of industry and social trends, Women was early in embracing social media as an integral part of their operational strategies.

In 2018 the agency partnered with InfluencerDB to help both its agents and models in creating content and social media strategies. 

Despite having gone through some serious setbacks in the last 5 years, Women is still one of the most influential and successful model agencies in NYC.

In 2019 the agency lost over 55 models who left and joined rival agency Elite as well as other agencies. 

Fast forwarding to 2022, Women has fired CEO Julia Haart claiming that her poor leadership was responsible for the debacle in 2019 as well as the agency’s loss of millions of dollars during her time as CEO.

Amidst these events, legendary model Naomi Campbell is joining Women Management. In addition to modeling Campbell will also be working with Women and EWG to discover and develop emerging talent. 




Women Management is constantly looking for unique and diverse new faces. Prior experience and professional photos are not required.

Complete the online form to apply

Notable Models

Emanuel De Paula, Iris Strubegger, Karly Loyce, Cai Guannan, Lais Ribeiro, Lea T, Majesty Amare, Maryel Uchida, Naomi Campbell, Katrin Thormann, Nyasha Matonhodze, Tomiwa Adesina, Viktoriya Sasonkina

10. Q Model Management

About the agency

Established in 1998, Q Model Management is a boutique model agency well known for its team of the most talented and progressive agents.

It has also built a reputation for being a good springboard for emerging talent as well as its unique style of branding. 

Q Model Management represents fashion and runway models, print models, and Film & TV actors. 

The agency has worked with some of the world’s well known models and celebrities including Ivana Milicevic, Nigel Barker, Peter Devries, Melissa Keller, Magali Amadei, Charlize Theron, Cordula, and many others. 

Q Model Management has worked with some of the best magazines, brands, photographers, and designers in the fashion industry.

These include Italian Vogue, Sports Illustrated, Elle, Bruce Weber, Steven Meisel, Chanel, Versace, and Louis Vuitton among many others. 

The agency has its headquarters in New York with another office in Los Angeles. 


Women – Main, Direct, Development, Curve
Men – Main, Direct, Development
Q Too


Submit your application here

Notable Models

Valeriia Molyboha, Alisha Safo, Sofija Milo, Amy Black, Evgenia Dimitriadou, Sophie Meister, Anastasiya Biahanskaya, Rachel Serrano, Anja Winkelmann, Tiri K, Izabella Mikolajczak, Pedro Andrade, Franco Noriega

11. The Society Management

About the agency

Opening its doors in 2013, The Society Management is one of the newest agencies in the industry.

The Society serves as the New York division of the prestigious EWG (Elite World Group) which has 11 offices around the world and represents more than 5,000 models and talent. 

Society has represented some of the world’s biggest models and personalities like Kendall Jenner, Jasmine Sanders, Willow Smith, Natalie Westling, and Amandla Stenberg. 


Women – Main, Development
Men – Main, Development


Models can fill out and submit their online application here. Here are a few guidelines you should follow when submitting:

  • Include both close-up and full-body photos of yourself
  • Photos should be taken in a well-lit space 
  • Don’t use makeup or hair products when taking photos
  • Wear form-fitting clothes and/or your favorite outfit

Notable Models

Ama Lou, Hoyeon, Jaden Smith, Tao Okamoto, Willow Smith, Russel Westbrook, Phoebe Tonkin, Okay Kaya, Cameron Dallas, Aleali May, Camila Coutinho, Doina Ciobanu, Hikari Mori, Irene Kim, Jazzelle, Ola Farahat, Patricia Manfield, Sami Miro, Vanessa Hong

12. VNY Models

About the agency

VNY is one of the top boutique modeling agencies in New York. Founded by Lana Winters and Damian Tomczak, the agency has become known for discovering unknown models and developing them into household names. 

VNY’s models like Sean O’Pry who appeared in the 2018 Guinness Book of World Records as the highest paid supermodel are among the world’s highest-earning models. 

The agency has set itself apart from other agencies by representing a small number of models (less than 75 models) and focusing on scouting models who have the potential to have a long and successful modeling career. 

VNY treats its models and talent as a family and takes a hands-on approach in developing and managing its roster.

Some of the models VNY has introduced to the world include Nina Maria, Jordan Richardson, Susan C, Nick Snyder, and many more.




Models can submit by filling out the online application or by emailing their pictures and info to submissions@vnymodels.com.

Notable Models

Magdalena H, Zoran Karan, Coralie Jean Francois, Georgie Mae, Braien Vaiksaar, Noa Labbe, Tim Schuhmacher, Mily Reuter, Oliver O’Sullivan, Sana Diouf, Takfarines Bengana, Tara Falla, Min Shin, Troi Russel, Woosang Kim, Tarah Rodgers, Luna Wu, Karina Padial, Emma Peet

13. Heroes

About the agency

Founded in 2015, Heroes Models is a relatively new modeling agency that has quickly established itself as one of the top independent modeling agencies in New York. 

In the seven years, they have been in business, Heroes has landed its model’s high-profile gigs including fashion shows like the Paris, Milan, and New York Fashion weeks as well as commercial/advertising for brands like Zara, Calvin Klein, and Prada. 

The agency focuses on discovering and developing new faces while also elevating the careers of more established models.

In order to stand out from the competition, Heroes is taking a very proactive approach to connect brands with talent. 

Heroes works with its talent to curate and develop every aspect of their careers from images to social media while also being flexible and adaptive to changes in the industry. 

Heroes has shown its belief and commitment to make the fashion industry more inclusive by partnering with the Black in Fashion Council in 2020. 

The agency has also created a new mentorship and management program aimed at creating and providing opportunities for BIPOC artists in the fashion industry. 

The agency will work with photographers, makeup artists, hairstylists, and other artists who successfully complete the mentorship program and help them with contacts, book development, and bookings. 

Some of the top models Heroes has represented include Bernard Fouquet, Ali Osk, Jacopo Olmo, Clarence Haaster, Neil Fenton, Angok Mayen, and many others.




Models can apply online here. Here are some guidelines to follow when applying to Heroes:

  • Please do not respond or engage with anybody claiming to be employed by Heroes, and if anyone does contact you, call the agency to verify that they are legitimately employed by us. 
  • If you are under the age of 18, you should not under any circumstances be discussing anything without your parents and/or a responsible adult present. 
  • We will never ask for pictures of you in your underwear or nude, and will never request a fee to represent you.
  • We also encourage aspiring models not to pay for portfolio images, as all you need to apply are natural pictures from a phone or digital camera.
  • Heroes does not accept walk-ins, please apply online or email scouting@heroesmodels.com.

Notable Models

Victoria Lee, Aamito Lagum, Tinglei Liu, Ana Milojevic, Ondria Hardin, Amandine Pouilly, Nadja Bender, Ange-Marie Moutambou, Maja Zimnoch, Kacie Hall, Erin O’Connor, Violet Threlfall, Tao Ye, Vic Ishimwe, Tia Wan, Ruby Campbell, Priya Jain, Olivia Martin

14. The Lions Model Management

About the agency

The Lions Model Management was established in 2014 when modeling agents Ali Kavoussi, Christiana Tran, and Louie Chaban joined forces to create their own agency.

The Lions is a boutique agency that has quickly become one of the top New York modeling agencies. 

The agency focuses on providing management that is uniquely tailored to each of its models and talent.

Back in 2014, this meant working with Agyness Deyn to develop her clothing line, planning Irina Shayk’s public appearances for her Hercules movie premiere, or promoting Cameron Russels’s Vogue cover shoot. 

From the day it opened its doors, Lions has taken a non-traditional approach to model management.

The agency looks beyond measurements to find models and talent that have unique qualities that they can develop further. 

Lions also organizes its talent in a different way, by having a fluid board that is not divided by gender, ethnicity, size, or other attributes.

The agency also spends a lot of time and resources to help models find their voice and build personal brands that ultimately attract clients looking for brand ambassadors. 

One of the areas Lions excels at is its ability to connect brands and models through superb advertising and highly marketable content.

This ability helps Lions collaborate with brands outside of the beauty and fashion industry like Instagram, DHL, and LVMH. 

In 2021 Lions worked with DHL to help the international package courier market its services to Gen Z and fashion-oriented audiences. 

Lions featured transgender supermodel Valentina Sampaio and Russian model Irina Shayk in separate videos telling DHL’s story in a way that humanized the shipping experience while also highlighting the need for connection. 

Irina Shayk’s video alone got 1 million views within a day of its posting.

By mastering branding and storytelling while also developing talent with their own personal brands, Lions has become one of the most sought-after modeling agencies in NYC.

Some of the top models Lions has represented include Cameron Russel, Gisele Bundchen, Jessica Hart, Candice Swanepoel, Jamie Bochert, Frankie Rayder, Christina Kruse, Kristen McMenamy, and many others.




Submit your photos and a bio to work@thelionsmanagement.com. You should also include a paragraph or two explaining why Lions is the right agency to represent you. 

Notable Models

Asia Chow, Coco Rocha, Daphne Groeneveld, Emma Heming Willis, Frankie Rayder, Irina Shayk, Isabeli Fontana, Jeanne Zheng, Jon Kortjarena, Kate Upton, Klara Kristin, Lara Stone, Leomie Anderson, Lisa Han, Michelle Alves, Ming Xi, Primrose Archer, Rita Ora, Sara Sampaio, Sasha Luss, Shanina Shaik, Stella Maxwell, Varsha Thapa

15. Muse Management

About the agency

Founded by Conor Ryan in 2007, Muse Management is one of the top boutique modeling agencies in NYC.

The agency manages the careers of its models individually with the intention of developing each model and talent to their fullest potential.

The agency is recognized for its diverse models and talent and represents high fashion, curve, and male models.

Some of the models Muse has represented include Nastya B. Emina Cunmulaj, Asia Pulko Jaq Bueno, Roos van Montfort, and many others. 

Muse is known in New York and worldwide for its diverse and global model and talent roster.


Women – Image, Development, Main, Direct, Curve


Safety guidelines

  • If you are under 18 years old, it is very important that your parents are aware of your modeling goals.
  • Aspiring models of all ages should be aware of illegitimate modeling offers and potentially predatory individuals on the internet. Please check all of your sources if someone contacts you. 
  • If someone from Muse contacts you, verify with us who they are and make sure they have an email address from our agency. (Tel: +1 212 625 2356)
  • Muse follows the guidelines of New York State for minors. We provide all of our models with education, experience, and the professional management needed to meet the goals of their modeling career.

Application guidelines

  • Muse represents models of all sizes. We prefer our models to be a minimum of 5’9” and taller.
  • Your parents, sibling, or friend can take the pictures you need to submit on their phone or digital camera. Please don’t email files that are too large; each image should be about 1MB.
  • Your pictures should resemble this example as closely as possible. Make sure your background is clear from clutter. Natural light is always best, but do what you can.
  • Close-ups should be taken with your hair up AND hair down. When shooting full length, please show your entire body from head to toe.
  • Your outfit should be simple and form-fitting, or a bikini. Please DO NOT wear: heels, makeup,  and/or jewelry.
  • You might think that you should be posing but these pictures are meant to show us what you look like at your most natural and relaxed.
  • When you send in your pictures, please also send in your measurements. Your height should be measured in bare feet. Your bust should be measured at the fullest part.
  •  Measure your waist at the most narrow part, usually about 3 inches above your belly button. Hips are measured at the fullest part; around your bum.
  • When you have selected your best pictures and taken your measurements please email all of your information: Name, Age, Location, Pictures, and Measurements to scouting@musenyc.com
  • If we are interested, someone from Muse will get back to you very shortly and set up an appointment!

Notable Models

Aaliyah Hydes, Chloe Tang, Eman Deng, Alexandra Williams, Heejung Park, Jay, Jill Kortleve, Adual Akol, Carola Remer, Noemie Lenoir, Alden Hoyt, Nyja Abdullah, Ujjwala Raut, Yuen Sze Jia, Abla Osman

16. Fenton

About the agency

Fenton Model Management is a boutique modeling agency in NYC that represents high-end fashion models from around the world.

Since opening its doors in 2009, the agency has scouted and developed some of the brightest new models. 

Fenton focuses on providing personalized management to its models and executing the visions and goals of clients.

The agency is known for discovering new faces and helping them develop into successful models. 




Models can fill out and submit their online application here.

Notable Models

Tyrah Point, Jiyoung Chang, Ulboss, Tiara Pearson, Tyla MarieKelly Gervais, Tiana Zarlin, Shelbi Byrnes, Nyamuoch Girwath, Natalie Lim Suarez, Rafaelly Xavier, Natasha Peitersen, Luna Castilho, Liliana Bogart, Lola, Kristina Elise, Ksenia Ocheredko, Julie Furman

17. State Artist Management

About the agency

State Artist Management was founded in 2015 by Bill Ivers and Susan Levine as a high-end editorial fashion modeling agency.

In 2016 State acquired the men’s division of MSA modeling agency and in 2018 State Artist Management merged with MSA. 

The acquisitions and merger with MSA have helped State become a modeling agency with one of the most diverse rosters in NYC.

While it is headquartered in New York, State also has offices in Los Angeles and Chicago.

With a willingness to adapt to the needs and goals of their models instead of the other way around like most agencies do, State provides one of the most supportive working environments for models. 

State has worked with some of the most prominent and exciting brands in the industry like Marc Jacobs, Blanc, Dazed, Calvin Klein, Schon, Slippage, Elle Mexico, Gucci, Diesel, and many others. 


Women – Main, Direct, Curve, Petite, Lifestyle, Fit, Image, Development
Men  Main, Lifestyle, Fit, Development Men, Image


Submit your online application here. Follow these guidelines when taking photos:

  • Shoot in clean, natural light, avoiding the direct sun or harsh shadows
  • Neutral face with no makeup and hair let down.
  • Photos should be less than 3MB in size.

Notable Models

Alay Deng, Yannick Sako, Daisya Collins, Celline Lee, Hugh Harrison, Xia Narain, Mido Elghazawi, Mia Davison, Evans Ikechukwu, Anna Iurkova, Cara Ekwueme, Yang Xiaoyang, Kathryn Carter, Lydia Bielen, Alexis Currier, Cleirys Velasquez, Edda Petursdottir

18. APM Model Management

About the agency

Founded by Penny Basch in 1996, APM Model Management is a boutique modeling agency that has made a name for itself in New York’s fashion scene. 

Starting out as an unknown agency representing showroom and fit models, today APM is a well-known agency that clients can come to for a diverse roster of talent. 

APM has worked with some of the biggest names in the fashion and beauty industry including Ralph Lauren, Adidas, Vogue, L’Oreal, Marc Jacobs, Jason Kibbler, Matthew Priestly, and many others. 




Models can submit their online application here, or send their materials to info@apmmodels.com. Here are some safety guidelines to follow when applying:

  • Be aware that there are certain individuals falsely claiming to be representatives or scouts of APM Models. 
  • We never request photos in the nude and we never require any sort of payment. 
  • If you are being pursued by this type of individual, DO NOT RESPOND. Instead, please reach out to info@apmmodels.com for further assistance.
  • Any correspondence with an APM staff member will have an email address ending in: _____@apmmodels.com.
  • Please note that we are only able to get back to successful candidates. Good luck in your pursuits and be safe!

Notable Models

Boshia Raejean, Tatiana Arend, Shaderska Valdez, Sam Romberger, Jennifer Bianchi, Polina Grebeniuk, Rachell Vallori, Mason, Gabrielle Covers, Michelene Auguste, Erica Foulkes, Maddie Seisay, Josie Fetters, Enga Domingue, Keyshla Maisonet, Isis Marine, Arantza Goett

19. Silent Models/Official Model Management

About the agency

Silent Models New York or Official Model Management as it’s now known is a boutique model agency that only represents women.

Founded in 2008, Silent Models New York worked in partnership with sister agency Silent Paris, before separating in 2012.

Official differentiates itself from other modeling agencies by keeping a small roster of handpicked models that it promotes through strategic placement in select fashion shows, publications, and advertising campaigns. 

The agency works individually with each of its models to create a career plan that will help them reach their goals and aspirations.

Official works with some of the best companies in the industry including Ralph Lauren, Alexander Wang, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue to name a few. 

Some of the top models that Silent has represented include Carmen Kass, Emma Stern, Anna Selezneva, Camilla Christensen, Indira Scott, Freja Jeppesen, Line Brems, and many others. 


Women – Main, Image


Submit your online application here.

Notable Models

Mammina Aker, Anastasia Koval, Hind Sahli, Alejandra Alonso, Bridget Anderson, Julia Murray, Johanne Landbo, Saule Silinyte, Mariya Melnyk, Sophie Longford, Tijana Nikolic, Semka Semenchenko, Nina Dapper, Snow Dollkinson, Penilla Fransander, Olga Nowotarska, Nianga Niang, Mirla Sousa, Kayle Anderson, Leah Hollingsworth

20. Fusion Models – 2

About the agency

Founded by Jody Gordon, Fusion Models is a boutique modeling agency that has quickly become one of the most sought-after agencies in New York.  

The agency mostly represents models that do runways and high fashion.




Models can apply by filling out and submitting the online application or by sending their materials to info@fusionmodelsnyc.com

Safety Guidelines

  • Please be aware that there are unscrupulous individuals falsely posing as representatives or scouts working for Fusion Models through various social media platforms. 
  • They use names such as “Inuations” and “KDash” among others. These individuals are using our models’ pictures without permission on their website and are asking for new model application fees. 
  • If you are contacted by anyone claiming to be a representative of Fusion Models, do not respond without first verifying their identity by calling 212-675-1300. 
  • We also suggest that you alert a parent or responsible adult immediately. 
  • Fusion Models does not request nude or lingerie pictures, we do not request a fee to view your pictures, nor do we conduct interviews via Skype. 
  • You can submit your pictures for review by sending them to: info@fusionmodelsnyc.com

Notable Models

Noma Han, Liz Kennedy, Momo Ndiaye, Jamily Meurer, Celeste Romero, Marique Schimmel, Diana Achan, Nyarach Abouch Ayuel, Ros Georgiou, Vivica Dehi, Avril Guerrero, Camille You-Ten, Eliza Hartmann, Hannah Elyse, Raven Corneil, Tian Yi


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