Los Angeles Model Agencies in 2019: Who's Who?

There are a ton of modeling agencies in Los Angeles, and if you’re an aspiring model or photographer looking to choose which agency you want to work with, you might be overwhelmed by all of the different options.

Because of this, I’ve compiled many of the top agencies in this list, where they are, and how they got started, as well as links to their website and instagram.

*Please note that I am not here to promote any of these agencies or play favorites in any way. I simply wanted to create a one-stop resource for the top options in the city so aspiring models and photographer can learn more about what each unique agency can offer you. This also helps me so I don’t have as many bookmarks to worry about on my computer ;)

All logos are copyright of their respective agencies.

Without further hesitation, here they are.

Wilhelmina Models

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Where: Beverly Hills

Often referred to as the top modeling agency in the world, Wilhelmina Models was founded by Dutch supermodel Wilhelmina Cooper in 1967 and represents a wide range of talent of all types, sizes and ages. Wilhelmia has deep connections with local management firms across the globe as well as other branches in New York and Miami outside of its LA branch.

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LA Models

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Where: West Hollywood

The biggest modeling agency on the West Coast, LA Models was founded by Heinz Holba in the 1980s in an attempt to bring to bring an international modeling presence to Los Angeles. LA Models is now an internationally known agency with several subdivisions including LA Talents, a division that handles on-camera commercial jobs like television and film.

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Next Management

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Where: Beverly Hills

Home of talent that has been seen the likes of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, Next Management is an internationally established agency with branches in LA, Miami, New York, London, Paris, and Milan. Some of Next Management’s clients have been featured in shows of some of the biggest designer names out there, thanks in large part to its wide global network.

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Otto Models

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Where: Newport Beach

Otto Models features a wide range of models that have been featured on covers, commercials and major print ads. Though many of Otto Models’ clients are based in Southern California, they also have clients throughout the rest of the US and the world. They feature a diverse catalog of work, including runway shows, catalog, print shoots, music videos, films and TV commercials.

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Ford Models LA

Where: West Hollywood

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Founded all the way back in 1946, Ford Models has been a staple in the modeling industry since it was established. An innovative agency at its core, Ford Models is known for its impressive management and creative team throughout a diverse range of sectors.

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Elite Model Management LA

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Where: West Hollywood

Established in 1977, Elite is an internationally-known company that credits itself for establishing the “supermodel.” Elite operates out of Los Angeles, New York, Miami and Toronto and represents hundreds of clients from over 50 countries, including some of the bigger names in the industry.

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Bella Agency

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Where: Hollywood

Bella Agency has grown a lot since it was founded back in 2004 in New York. Its focus on both fashion and lifestyle, as well as its strong presence in the social media landscape, have catapulted it to one of the top tier agencies. Some of their clients have appeared in campaigns for brands like Uniqlo, Target, Coca-Cola and many others. Bella has several subdivisions for different clients including Bella INFLUENCERS, which is dedicated primarily to clients with a large following on social media.

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Genetic Models Management

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Where: Hollywood

One of the newer agencies on this list, Genetic is a boutique modeling agency founded just a few years ago in 2012. With experience in both the fashion and art industries, Genetic focuses on discovering and developing newer talent, making it a great starting place for models trying to break into the industry.

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Photogenics Media

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Where: Culver City

Established in 2002 by a group of industry veterans, Photogenics Media is a fashion and entertainment agency that specializes in high fashion and art-driven bookings.

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Q Model Management LA

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Where: West Hollywood

Q Model Management prides itself on its forward thinking and progressive management team.

With a large list of clients that include some of the bigger name male models, Q Model Management is a versatile agency that can handle a diverse range of talents. With offices in both Los Angeles and New York City, they maintain strong working relationships with their clients, agencies, photographers and magazines throughout the world.

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Nous Model Management

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Where: West Hollywood

Specializing in runway and high-fashion print opportunities, Nous is a boutique modeling agency that’s always looking for new talent.

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DT Model Management

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Where: West Hollywood

Founded in 2012 by David Todd, DT Model Management is known for developing the careers of its diverse talent roster. Despite its recent establishment, the agency is already regarded as one of the premiere agencies in Los Angeles, with many high-profile editorials ad covers already in its portfolio such as GQ, American Vogue, Elle Magazine and more.

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Meraki Model Management

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Where: Hollywood

Another agency aimed at developing long-lasting careers for talent, Meraki prides itself on its transparency with its relationships. They are committed to treating their clients and models like family, supporting their growth and helping them achieve sustainable lifestyles out of their careers.

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Two Management

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Where: West Hollywood

Citing themselves as a management-focused agency, TWO Management has both male and female clients that range from models to celebrities.

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State Model Management

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Based in both New York and Los Angeles, State Model Management has been in the business for over 50 years and represents both models and artists in the fashion industry.

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VISION Los Angeles

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Where: Culver City

VISION Los Angeles is a boutique agency established in 1999 with the goal of discovering and developing both male and female talent and providing their clients with the unique tools necessary for them to individually succeed.

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M Model Management

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Where: West Hollywood

Run by Maria Minelli and Carole Naff, M Model Management takes a unique approach to the industry with a niche vibe that strives to be a counter to the cookie-cutter style of many agencies.

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Aston Models

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Where: Beverly Hills

Established in 2011, Aston Models is a boutique agency that only represents female talent. The agency strives to find and develop new talent with a very hands-on approach, meaning their client base is more limited than many agencies.

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MP Los Angeles

Where: Fairfax

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Launched in 2008 in Milan as a boutique agency, MP Management has grown considerably and acquired many agencies in the process. MP sees itself as a global network of talent and modeling agencies, priding itself on providing its clients everything they need to build successful, rewarding careers.

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That’s it for now. I’ll be updating this list with more information on a regular basis. If you think I missed an agency or want to add an important detail, feel free to reach out to me

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Morey Spellman is a Los Angeles based fashion photographer. 
His work combines a love for beautiful light, authentic beauty, and natural scenery.