Models International Agency: Industry Changes
By Souleo. The young, hot and beautiful were out in full force this past Friday at the Models International Agency VIP press party held at New York's famed bowling alley, Lucky Strike. Amidst thumping tunes from DJ Velz, a flowing open bar and pretty faces in the crowd the agency celebrated its recent feature on the new MTV docu-series "Hired." The series follows recent college graduates pursuing their dream career and the agency was profiled as it selected their next junior booking agent.
At the event one of the hot topics of the night was the fashion world's lack of diversified images. According to the east coast office managing partner, Catherine Fellows the industry is finally changing with a lean towards more ethnic models.
"I think the direction is becoming so diverse and so is the world. You are beginning to see more ethnic models like Asians and African-Americans. I would love to see an Indian model become a superstar. I regularly get clients that ask for ethnically ambiguous so it's not just Eastern European or Caucasian models anymore," she said.
Models International's women's booking agent, Andrienne Kennedy noted that besides race the industry is changing with a more welcoming embrace of curvaceous women.
"I think it's diversifying and clients are embracing womanly bodies. It's moving away from the thin models and learning towards more models with more curves and flesh on their bones who can relate to the everyday woman."
With so much change in the air it looks like Models International Agency is helping to lead the way with an embrace of more varied looks.
So tell us do you agree that the industry is becoming more fashion forward when it comes to presenting a greater range of races and female sizes?
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