5 Best Modelling Agencies in USA for 2019


A modeling agency acts as the go-between for a model and potential clients. Most big name brands prefer to use modeling agencies so signing with one is a safe bet. They basically act like any other employment agency by matching gigs with models while charging a commission from both the model and the client.

How do you get into the modeling industry?

Firms like Elite, Ford, IMG, DNA and other modeling agencies in NYC not only manage these global talents, they often discover them. Moss was famously scouted as a teenager in the airport, Coco Rocha was found at an Irish dance competition and Karlie Kloss was scouted at a mall. Others have been discovered the old-fashioned way: by sending in photos, measurements and a video showing off their personality.

Sure, it’s a notoriously tough industry to crack, but every agency looks for something slightly different – and always something new. Below, we’ve laid out the top modeling agencies in NYC and tips and tricks for making your application stand out from the crowd. Do you have what it takes?

The top agencies do have impressive track records, but smaller agencies are often preferred for new models, as they can offer the individualized attention you need to pursue your career as a model. The following are the top 10 modeling agencies in the USA:

1. DNA Models

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, founded in 1996 by Jerome and David Bonnouvrier, represents industry heavyweights like Alessandra Ambrosio, Natalia Vodianova, Imaan Hammam and of-the-moment models like Dree Hemingway, Julia Nobis and Doutzen Kroes.

2. IMG Models

This is one of the world’s biggest modeling agencies, it was founded in 2013. The agency is known for representing some of the most famous supermodels like Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen, Liya Kebede, Heidi Klum, as well as present-day models like Gigi Hadid, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Chanel Iman, Karlie Kloss, Lara Stone, alongside runway and editorial models like Jacquelyn Jablonski and Hanne Gaby Odiele. Also, the agency has opened its doors to models of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, races, and heights.

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IMG wants you to submit passport-style photos, including full-length, profile and headshot as well as a video with your name, age and height, plus a “casual walk” toward and away from the camera. You can submit your online application here.

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

How to Get Scouted

The agency requires you to submit passport-style photos, including full length, profile, and headshot as well as a video showing your name, age, and height plus a catwalk towards and away from the camera. Then you can submit your online application at www.imgmodels.com.


304 Park Avenue South, 12th Floor,

New York, NY 10010, 212-253-8884

3. Elite Model Management

The name says it all. Elite Model Management has launched the careers of some of the biggest names in fashion since its founding in 1977, and is responsible for introducing the world to the first supermodels like Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Paulina Porizkova, Gisele Bündchen, Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks (we could go on and on) as well as present-day leading ladies like Coco Rocha, Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne.

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Elite looks for star power and asks that modeling hopefuls be 14 to 19 years old and between 5 feet 7 inches and 6 feet tall. To apply, you also need three headshots, some je ne sais quoi and killer confidence.

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

4. New York Model Management

This is a young and dynamic agency that represents new faces and today’s top models like Niki Taylor, Sarah Murdoch, Valeria Mazza, and Sophie Summer. The agency searches all over the world for undiscovered talent and is known for using their experience, creativity and fashion insight to create international models.

How to Get Scouted

This agency looks for aspiring models up to the ages 24 and 30 in women and men respectively. The agency requires nonprofessional headshots and you can apply online at www.newyorkmodels.com.


596 Broadway, 7th Floor,

New York, NY10012, 212-539-1700

5. Wilhelmina Models

This is one of the most prominent agencies in the world, it was founded in 1967. The agency has represented some of the most recognized models like Robyn Lawley, Anjelica Huston, and Janice Dickison as well as present-day models like Coco Rocha. The agency also represents fitness and plus-sized models.

How to Get Scouted

The agency requires you to submit your headshots online at www.wilhelmina.com.


300 Park Avenue South,

New York, NY 10010, 212-473-0700

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