Dubai, United Arab Emirates (PressExposure) April 26, 2008 -- A model agency is a firm that represents varied fashion models of all ages, ranging from babies to adults, helping them to find work in the fashion industry. All the reputable agencies make their living from commissions, mainly from deals made for and with the models they represent.
Major model agencies work with the bigger budgeted fashion designers and advertising agencies to promote products and services for consumers and private parties. They invest funds into talented models or models with great potential to increase their earning abilities and their overall status in the fashion industry. They train, take shots of, create and publish portfolios and comp cards and other things related to the models they represent.
Model agency search constantly for work for their models with ad companies, photographers and designers, do all the bookings, invoice and collect pay from these jobs and pay each model according to the job they have completed. They make the life of a model far easier by handling the management and financial side of modeling, allowing the models to focus on there art form.
As most are aware, modeling is highly competitive and a very fast paced industry that goes beyond normal business hours. In fact, modeling agencies conduct their business around the clock, dealing with emergency needs, cancellations and even sudden rush work. The majority of them have after hours services to allow clients to reach them if the need for a model is dire.
A model agency can only reach top status if they are found in one of the worldâs top fashion capitals, including Barcelona, Sao Paulo, Toronto, Tokyo, London, Paris, Milan and New York. The most prestigious and lucrative of all the worldâs modeling work are located there.
They have to be respected and well-known within the industry as well as having an excellent reputation to date with varied governing and monitoring agencies in their own countries. These ombudsmen ensure they practice their trade legally and reputably, acting very similar in ways to the Better Business Bureau.
They must have provide at least one model for a top assignment in one of the worldâs top fashion designer houses such as Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Prada or Calvin Klein.
Some of the worldâs top model agencies include:
â¢ Ford Models - New York City â¢ Elite Model Management - New York City (formerly Paris, France) â¢ Utive Models - Chicago â¢ IMG Models - New York City â¢ Storm Model Agency - London â¢ Models 1 Agency - London â¢ WS2M - Paris City â¢ Trump Model Management - New York City â¢ Wilhelmina Models - New York City
Becoming a top model agency is probably easier than becoming a supermodel as the number of available talents across the world increase daily, so the chance to sign up someone new may make the difference between just remaining a regular business or sitting in the prime position as a world agency. The model agency is the most important king pin in the fashion industry, tying fashion, models, finance and designer clothing together into one final and carefully managed package.