International model scout and agent Vanessa Helmer has 30 years experience scouting, developing, managing and placing models with the world’s top international modeling agencies. She has owned several successful international modeling agencies and is the owner and founder of ModelScouts.com.
Vanessa’s expert eye and knowledge of the international modeling industry gives her the unique ability to turn new hopefuls into superstars.
Throughout Vanessa’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 fully 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.
Vanessa 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.
With the internet booming and an influx of modeling websites run by individuals who had never worked in the modeling industry, Vanessa realized a need for a safe, legitimate, and affordable way for new and experienced models to be seen by reputable model agents and industry professionals. So, in 2001 she developed and founded the online model scouting company ModelScouts.com. By offering aspiring models an opportunity to be seen by top modeling scouts, agents, and industry professionals in a secure, confidential, and inexpensive way, ModelScouts.com has grown to become the top choice of new and experienced models, including America’s Next Top Model Winner Nicole Linkletter and other ANTM Finalists, who are looking to begin or expand their careers into international markets.
Member of the Better Business Bureau - A+ Rating
Awarded the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for 10 Years of Ethical Business Practice
New York Chamber of Commerce
Managers and Models Association (M.A.M.A.)
Vanessa is active in and supports numerous animal rights charities including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), World Wildlife Federation (WWF), The Humane Society of the United States, Sea Shephard and others.
Vanessa studied Law at Northwestern California University School of Law and Canadian Law and Business Administration at Athabasca University.
Vanessa 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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