In New York, the most successful and reputable child, baby and teen modeling agencies tend to be based in the world-famous New York City (NYC). The names in NYC are well-known, trustworthy and reputable. These are child modeling agencies that you know that you can trust – they launched some of the most famous models in the world.
There are a few agencies in other cities in the state, but to be honest most of the child modeling agencies in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse aren’t particularly reputable and you’re better off visiting NYC. So who comes out on top?
Here are my top 5 agencies in New York state.
1) Wilhelmina Kids – NYC
There are few child modeling agencies as well known and well respected as Wilhelmina. Wilhelmina KIDS and TEENS is the leading agency for kids and teens in New York City. Their models appear in huge campaigns for fashion and commercial-print modeling, and the most successful appear in movies, TV shows, Broadway shows and a bunch of national TV commercials. They found and promoted Natalie Portman – go figure.
2) Ford Models – NYC
Ford Models’ children division used to be one of the best. It started careers for Damaris Lewis, Porschla Kidd and Brazilian beauty Rose Costa. It was a hugely successful and well thought of agency until it shut down the kids division in 2013 as part of a series of cost-cutting measures. I’ve listed it here for posterity, but there’s no hope of signing with Ford in NYC anymore.
3) Future Faces – NYC
Future Faces are a wonderful child modeling agency and work exclusively with babies, kids and teenagers. They can be picky about who they choose, but the top children they work with become internationally recognised names who usually end up working in areas far beyond modeling including acting for films and TV. With clients like ARMANI JUNIOR, DOLCE & GABANNA JUNIOR, ROBERTO CAVALLI, VOGUE BAMBINI and BENETTON, what more do you want?! They have high standards, but produce amazing results.
4) Next Model Management – NYC
Next Model Management is one of the biggest and most successful fashion management agencies in the world. They’ve been around for over 20 years and are as reputable as they are influential. They have a dedicated kids and teens team: the ‘New Faces’ division. It’s very successful, and they have launched some real stars and household names, They’re some of the best in the business, and you can’t go wrong with Next.
5) Wilhelmina Rochester – Rochester
The team at this child modeling agency and teen modeling agency division treat their models with respect. Why? Because their child models are the up-and-coming talent that will eventually supply the Wilhelmina Rochester women and men’s divisions! These guys are well respected and work beyond the NYC area. Most of their teens are taking modeling or acting training and really are the stars of tomorrow.
Remember, although I tried hard to make sure these agencies are reputable and reliable – things change, and people make mistakes. Being listed above doesn’t mean the agency is guaranteed or recommended – always do your homework, check and never pay anything until you get a job. Check out my article on how to avoid scam child modeling agencies for advice.