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  • Internationally acclaimed, Ford Models is a name synonymous with the qualities of excellence, elegance and distinction. Its legacy commenced in 1946, and was New York's preeminent agency for nearly 4 decades.

  • DNA Models was founded in 1996 and is one of the world’s top 3 agencies. Located in New York City, it enjoys fame generated by notable models and ownership involvement in model bookings.

  • IMG models is an international modeling agency and management corporation. Operating from the world’s most fashionable cities: New York, London, Milan, Paris and Sydney; the company again represents both men and women.

  • Marilyn Agency, founded in 1985 in Paris, soon opened Marilyn Model Management in New York. Masters at both model and client satisfaction, the agency is known for upholding the highest of ethical standards.

  • Famous for its annual talent scouting contest “The Elite Model Search;” the company is a network with 35 agencies and manages over 2000 models from 5 continents.

  • Embracing non-traditional beauty, WOMEN Management was founded in 1988 and has agencies in New York, Paris and Milan. Their offices in the U.S. and Milan additionally represent commercial models and celebrities.

  • Listed as one of the world’s top 3 modeling agencies, Next Management is an international company with offices in Vancouver, New York, Milan, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Toronto and Miami.

  • Linking fashion to the creative aspects of Film, Music and celebrity; One Management took the world by storm in 2001. Today its comprised of 5 unique divisions and an enviable roster of elite talent.

What Are the Qualifications for Attending a Fashion Modeling School?

A passion for fashion is one of the most important prerequisites for a fashion modeling career. Fashion modeling students should not only be interested in fashion, but they should also live and breathe all things fashion.

Anyone interested in a fashion modeling career should also be attractive and healthy. Models often take great pains to stay slender and fit. This typically involves eating a healthy, balanced diet and participating in a regular exercise regimen. A good skin care routine should also be considered.

In order to be considered for fashion modeling schools, most aspiring models are also usually required to show portfolio as well. A model’s portfolio will usually contain several high quality photographs. Many of these photographs will be close-ups of their heads and faces, but photographs of their bodies are also usually required. Good fashion modeling schools will also enable aspiring models to add to their portfolios as well. This collection of pictures is one of the
most important possessions that a fashion model can have, since it can sometimes determine whether or not she gets a job.

How Do I Choose a Fashion Modeling School?

All fashion modeling schools are not created equal! There are a number of factors that need to be considered when choosing the right fashion modeling school.

The location of the school, for instance, should be taken into consideration before enrolling. Although you may want to stay close to your home and family, a fashion modeling school near your hometown may not be the best choice – depending on where you live, of course. Fashion modeling schools in larger metropolitan areas, particularly trendy and fashionable areas like New York City, are typically better choices for aspiring fashion models. They often have more
experienced teachers, not to mention they’re closer to the action of the fast paced fashion world.

Since the fashion world is largely about who you know, you should also investigate a fashion modeling school’s connections as well. For instance, some fashion modeling schools work very closely with successful and popular fashion modeling agencies. Others, however, may not work with any agencies.

What Are the Advantages of Going to Fashion Modeling School?

Although you don’t necessarily need to go to fashion modeling school to become a successful fashion model, it is highly recommended.

As mentioned above, these types of schools can help you learn important skills that are very important when pursuing a fashion modeling career. They can also better prepare you for this type of career by giving you a taste of what the fashion modeling industry is really like.

Those that attend fashion modeling schools are also able to network with very important professionals in the fashion industry. Networking with these individuals can give you an edge when auditioning for different fashion modeling jobs.

How do you know if you’ll be one of the few chosen for a fashion modeling career?

Well, the answer to that question isn’t always very simple. Generally, a successful fashion modeling career is a product of a few different things – luck, determination, and talent. Modeling is a hard job, and it often requires strict diets, exercise regimens, and long hours. To put it mildly, this is not a career for the faint of heart or those looking for a cushy job. If you aren’t ready to work hard and give it your all, maybe you should look elsewhere for a career.

Luck also plays a part in a successful fashion career. Many times, a fashion model needs to be in the right place at the right time in order to get a modeling job. A fashion model should also make an effort to network with the right people in the fashion industry.

Talent, however, is one of the most important things needed for a successful fashion modeling career. This talent often has nothing to do with determination or luck. It has to do with acquiring skills that can only be learned from talented and experienced teachers. In order to learn these skills, many top fashion models have attended fashion modeling schools.