▷ The 10 biggest modeling agencies in the world (2022)

Modeling is one of the most sought after careers in the fashion industry.

In addition to the possibility of wearing the most beautiful pieces designed by the greatest designers, the models have the opportunity to parade on the catwalks of luxury designers.

The best modeling agencies are renowned worldwide for discovering and training the world’s top international models.

Today, they rarely approach potential models; it is rather the hopefuls who seek them out and who approach them in order to consider a career in modeling.

This industry is very developed, here are the 10 biggest modeling agencies in the world.

1. Elite Model Management

Elite is the largest international modeling agency in the world. She is therefore one of the most influential, according to Forbes magazine. She is also acclaimed by online fashion magazines, modeling communities and critics.

With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto, London and Paris, Elite is strategically located to provide its models with editorial and commercial work.

This agency has more than 30 years of experience in the sector and has a fine portfolio of clients, including Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, Tyra Banks and Cindy Crawford.

2.Ford Models

Ford Models was founded in New York in 1946 by a couple. This agency is today one of the best modeling agencies in the world.

In addition to being number 1 on Forbes’ Most Influential People list, Ford is highly regarded by online fashion magazines, modeling communities and critics.

The agency is currently established in New York, Paris, Los Angeles and Chicago, brings together models such as Ashley Graham, Rachel Hunter and Paris Hilton.

3.IMG Models

IMG Models is a relatively new player in the modeling agency market, spun off from fashion, sports and media company IMG Worldwide.

However, their success is experiencing unprecedented growth.

Since its inception in 2013, IMG Models has opened offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Milan, Paris and Sydney.

Continually acclaimed by online fashion magazines, critics and modeling communities, the agency represents sisters Hadid, Gigi and Bella as well as Joan Smalls and many more.

4.Wilhelmina Models

Based in New York, Miami, Chicago, London and Los Angeles, Wilhelmina Models is a full-service modeling and talent agency. Indeed, this agency is not only a model agency, but also a star agency.

Founded in 1967 by Dutch supermodel Wilhelmina Cooper, Wilhelmina Models is a recognized industry leader.

The agency is considered a worldwide success by modeling communities and critics thanks to its impressive portfolio of clients, including Billie Eilish, Barbie Ferreira, Shawn Mendes and many more.

5.Premier Model Management

Currently number five on Forbes’ list of most influential modeling agencies, Premier Model Management is considered one of the top agencies in the UK.

Based in London, the company was co-founded by influential personality, Carole White, whose opinion is still solicited by the fashion press.

In February 2011, Premier also took part in an award-winning seven-part documentary series titled The Model Agency. This series aired on one of the UK’s prime time television channels and received critical acclaim

Premier has already trained talents such as Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington.

6.Storm Model Management

Storm, headquartered in London, ranks high on Forbes’ list of the most influential modeling agencies.

She also receives praise from online fashion magazines and modeling communities.

With over 30 years of experience in the fashion industry, Storm has worked with some of the world’s most famous faces including Cara Delevigne, Lily Cole, Lottie Moss and Cindy Crawford.


The New York company Next Management has risen to the rank of one of the most influential modeling agencies in the world, according to Forbes magazine.

In addition, the agency is highly sought after and respected by leading fashion magazines and followers.

The company was originally called Next Models, but it changed its name in 2009 to accommodate other talents like actors, fashion bloggers and musicians.

Founded over twenty years ago, Next Management has offices around the world, in London, Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles and Miami.

This agency works in particular with

Dua Lipa or Lana Del Ray.

8. Marilyn Agency


The Marilyn agency was created in 1985 in Paris.

She now has an office in New York due to her global success, which is why Forbes ranks her second on its list of top modeling agencies for “having the most influence.”

Since its inception, Marilyn Agency has represented some of the biggest models in the world, including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Bar Refaeli.

9. Q Management

Q Management is based in Los Angeles, but also has offices in New York. They are the first to combine a web-based virtual agency with a group of progressive agents, which explains their success.

Their success has been widely reported in the international press, as well as on television shows such as: E! Entertainment Television, Video Fashion, Fashion Television, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra, and Inside Edition, as well as networks such as VH1, MTV, CNN, STYLE Network, Model TV, FOX, CBS, and ABC.

In addition to receiving positive media coverage, Q is well regarded in the modeling community, having worked with models such as Jessica Carban and Ivana Milicevic.

10. Models Agency 1

The London agency Models 1 is on Forbes’ list of the most influential modeling agencies.

She also receives recurring praise from modeling communities.

Founded in 1968, the London agency originally had only three models.

She now claims to be “Europe’s largest and most successful modeling agency and one of the largest and most respected agencies in the world”.

Models 1 has previously worked with famous faces such as Erin O’Connor, Amber Le Bon and Linda Evangelista.


Who is the highest paid model in the world?

The highest paid model in the world is Kendall Jenner with 20 million a year.

What agency are the Hadid sisters at?

Gigi and Bella Hadid are in the agency IMG Models.

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