Interning is a rite of passage in the fashion industry so when I landed the opportunity to gain some real world experience working at Elite Model Management in Toronto I couldn’t have been more excited! Elite Model Management is one of the world’s premiere agency when it comes to high fashion modelling. The Elite brand originated in Paris in 1972 and has since expanded and currently has agencies across Europe and North America. Today Elite manages over 2000 models and is responsible for discovering some of the fashion industry’s most famous faces including Cindy Crawford, Gisele Bündchen, Alessandra Ambrosio and Lara Stone. The company is also no stranger to partnering with icons and has represented models such as Tyra Banks, Adriana Lima, Naomi Campbell, Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, Coco Rocha and Nina Agdal.
The Elite Model Management Toronto offices are clean and contemporary. When I first stepped into the office I loved the crisp atmosphere, everything about the aesthetic was elite through and through. Photos of Elite Models covered the walls of the office making castings and bookings easy for agents. As in any creative career there is no such thing as a “typical” day in the office. My first day consisted of training (familiarizing with the software, office tasks and receptionist duties). The agents working with Elite spent the day sending emails, conversing with clients, meeting with models/ Skyping models working abroad and planning for up coming photo shoots and runway shows.
The atmosphere in the Elite office is laid-back, but concise. The Elite Model Management brand is rooted in supremacy and excellence and it is incredibly rewarding working in an environment fuelled by such ambitious and hardworking fashion moguls. The biggest lesson I learnt my first day on the job was that working in the modelling industry isn’t just glitz and glamour. The road to success as a high fashion model is paved with rejection and hardship and only the most patient and determined men and women truly have what it takes to make it big.
Every internship is a great learning experience that brings new stories and lessons. The Elite Model Management offices in Toronto are definitely filled with wonder. It’s not hard to see why this agency has the up-scale, sophisticated image it does. Thanks for having me, Elite!