The quintessential modeling success story goes something like this: a small-town teenager—who’s definitely tall and possibly a bit awkward—is minding her own business with friends at the mall. She’s in line to get a Cinnabon, when she’s approached by a scout who says she should be a model. Two weeks later she’s at Paris Fashion Week, walking for Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton, and shooting a Saint Laurent campaign between shows.
What’s often missing from this fairly tale though is that before models start living the high-fashion life, they need to sign with an agency.
Hadid’s rise to stardom was jumpstarted in 2013 when she moved to New York and signed with IMG Models.
The Dominican model known for her signature cropped fro (and walking in 68 Spring/Summer 2016 shows) is represented by Next Model Management.
Smalls started her career with Elite Model Management and is currently signed to IMG.
The reality TV star turned model is represented by The Society in New York and Elite Models in Paris.
The Swedish Victoria’s Secret Angel is another big name on the IMG roster.
Southern California native Tookes inked a deal with IMG in 2012 and has been with the agency ever since.
One of the most recognizable emerging talents, Estevåo is managed by The Society in New York and Elite in Paris.
Currently a member of the IMG family, Graham worked with both Wilhelmina Models and Ford Models earlier in her career.
The British breakout star is signed to Elite London and represented by The Society while working in New York.
After working with Elite and Next, Kloss is currently signed to IMG.
Known for her work with Esteé Lauder and Victoria’s Secret, Wen is represented by The Society in New York, Storm Model Management in London, and Elite in Milan and Paris.
Like older sister Gigi, Hadid is also with IMG.