Vanessa Helmer

  • 30 years experience scouting, developing, managing and placing models with the world’s top international modeling agencies
  • Managed the careers of hundreds of fashion and commercial models
  • Member of the Managers and Models Association (M.A.M.A.)
  • Owner and founder of ModelScouts.com.

Experience

Vanessa Helmer was a writer for The Balance Careers covering the modeling profession for two years. Helmer is an international model scout and agent with 30 years experience scouting, developing, managing and placing models with the world’s top international modeling agencies.  

Throughout Helmer's 30 year career she has managed the careers of hundreds of fashion and commercial models, male models, petite, plus size and child models, and understands the various aspects of the modeling industry from portfolio development, contract negotiations, the relationships between international and mother agencies, travel arrangements, overseas accommodations, work visa's in foreign countries, and much more. 

Helmer has placed models the world’s top modeling agencies including Elite Models, IMG Models, Ford Models, Wilhelmina, New York Models, L.A. Models, Next Management, Q Model Management, Fashion Management, Joy Models, Marilyn Agency, Models 1, Metropolitan Models, Louisa Models and many more.

Her discoveries have appeared in major magazines including Vogue, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, W, Numero, GQ, Details, Cosmopolitan, Elle, InStyle, and Seventeen, and have worked for the most prestigious clients including Armani, Gucci, Valentino, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Coach, Prada Chanel, Burberry, YSL, Abercrombie & Fitch, Victoria’s Secret, Cover Girl, Clairol, Disney, CBS, Bravo, and Project Runway.

She has owned several successful international modeling agencies and is the owner and founder of ModelScouts.com.

She is a member of the Managers and Models Association (M.A.M.A.)

Education

Helmer studied Law at Northwestern California University School of Law and Canadian Law and Business Administration at Athabasca University.

Helmer is also a graduate of Hollingshead Business College and has a degree in Fashion Merchandising.

She has also studied Business Management, Information Systems and Computer Applications, and Fine Art and Humanities through various independent programs.

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