The Top 12 Male Modeling Agencies in New York City
New York City is the place to go for any male model who wants to launch a serious modeling career. No matter how much (or how little) experience you have as a model, there are agencies you can work with in Manhattan. Appearing alphabetically, here are NYC's top 12 male modeling agencies where you (or a professional model scouting company) should submit your photos.
Founded in 2009, ADAM Models quickly became one of the most coveted boutique model management companies around the world. ADAM works with all the major clients including GQ Magazine, Details Magazine, Designer Ralph Lauren, and retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. ADAM Models represents Andrea Marcaccini and Tobias Helmreich, among others.
The agency suggests you upload five to 10 photos—of the highest-quality images you have—for each photobook.
With more than 30 years in the business, Click Models represents more than 1,000 models in a multitude of modeling divisions such as runway, showroom, fitness, and TV commercials. It's worth noting that in 2015, New York agency Re: Quest merged with Click Model Management. Click's top male models include Chris Fawcett, Travone Hill, and Matthew Terzes.
The agency wants snapshots or polaroids of the face and full body shot outside (in natural light) without makeup.
On the scene since 1996, DNA Models consistently appears in the industry's top-three list as one of the most powerful agencies in the world. DNA's top male models include Josh Beech and Tomas Skoloudik.
DNA's photo submission page (with a direct link to submit photos) says it does not request nude or underwear pictures. It doesn't limit the number of photo submissions, but 15 is a safe number.
For over 50 years Ford Models has been the most recognized and respected modeling agency in the world. Ford's legacy continues with its incredible men's division. Ford Model's top men include Channing Tatum, Matthew Terry, and Brad Kroenig.
Ford allows you to upload four photos and suggests having a clean face with no makeup and pulled-back hair. It also suggests wearing form-fitting pants like skinny jeans and a tank top.
Fusion Models NYC
Known for its keen eye and ability to develop new faces and turn them into stars, Fusion Model Management has become one of the industry's most important agencies. Fusion NYC represents Caspar Smyth, Harry Curran, and Jack Guinness.
Fusion Models does not request nude or underwear pictures and sets no limit to the number of headshots and body shots you can upload to their website.
IMG Models is one of the largest and most powerful men's agencies in the world. With offices in New York, London, Paris, Milan, and Sydney, IMG represents many of the world's top male models, including Miles McMillan, Patrick Petitjean, John Kortajarena, Mathias Lauridsen, and Oriol Elcacho.
You don't need a portfolio of expensive professional headshots to apply. IMG wants to see natural-looking snapshots that any friend or family member can easily take on their smartphone.
While IMG represents some of the most famous supermodels, don't be shy about applying. If you're just starting out, though, be sure you know some of the most common mistakes that new models make.
Major Model Management
Founded in Milan in the late 1980s, Major Model Management opened its New York office in 1999. Now, with offices in Milan, New York, Paris, and Munich, Major is one of the top modeling agencies in the world. Major's top men include Tony Ward, Florian Van Bael, and Jake Shortall.
Major Model Management asks candidates to submit one headshot and one full-body picture.
MMG is recognized nationally and internationally as a top editorial and commercial model and talent management company. IMDB ranks MMG in the top 1% of all television and film management companies. Headquartered in New York City, MMG works closely with associated companies in Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Europe, and Asia.
MMG does not share its list of models with the public. The agency asks models to submit close-up, waist-up, full-length, and three-quarter-profile images shot in natural daylight. There is no limit to the number of photos you can upload.
Models repped by Q Model Management have appeared in the world's leading fashion magazines and an impressive amount of advertising campaigns. These ad campaigns including Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and Banana Republic. Q Models represents Aiden Brady and Leo Lindemann.
The agency asks for a headshot and full-length shot, each no larger than 1 MB each.
In January 2018, MSA Models, which was founded in 1947 to represent fit and showroom models, merged with its two-year-old sister agency, State Management. The combined agency is called State Management.
With offices in both New York and LA, State Management scouts, develops and manages high-fashion editorial, lifestyle, and fit models. State represents Roch Barbot, Bruck Tekle, and Dylan Thomas.
State asks models to submit four photos that replicate the sample images posted on its contact page. They want close-up, waist-up, full-length, and three-quarter-profile images shot in natural daylight.
VNY Model Management is a boutique agency that reps some of the biggest superstars. VNY Models and owner Lana Winters are responsible for creating the careers of such top male models as Sean O'Pry, Nick Snider, Marcus Julien Sabaud, Nick Bryant, and Milan Krouzil.
VNY Models asks models to submit headshots, side profiles, mid-length shots, and full-length shots. There is no limit to how many images can be uploaded.
Wilhelmina Men is the unparalleled top male model agency in the world representing more male supermodels than any other model management company. Wilhelmina Model Management represents such male superstars as Mark Vanderloo, Gabriel Aubry, Alex Lundqvist, Noah Mills, Garrett Neff, and Ben Hill.
Wilhelmina Men's only stipulation about photo submission is that each image be 3 MB or smaller. It also allows models to submit photos via Instagram.
Each of these agencies is a great place to look for work, whether you're just starting out or already have an established career. And if you're wondering, whether a model can work for more than one agency, the answer is, yes. The more agencies you have, the more exposure you’ll get.