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ModelScouts Founder is The Balance Modeling Expert
We’re so excited to announce that ModelScouts.com Founder, Vanessa Helmer has been named the Modeling Expert for TheBalance.com
In 2016, The Balance became a new division of About.com. About.com (an IAC Company). About.com is one of the largest sites on the Internet that helps nearly 90 million people each month discover, learn about, and be inspired by topics ranging from parenting and healthcare to cooking to travel. About.com is for anyone who has a question, a problem, a passion or just wants to learn something new. Purchased from the New York Times by IAC/InterActive Corp. for $300 Million cash, About.com has grown to nearly 200 employees and over 1000 topic experts with offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and LA.
Vanessa Helmer Bio:
International model scout and agent Vanessa Helmer has 35 years experience scouting, developing, managing and placing models with the world’s top international agencies. She has owned several successful agencies and is the owner and founder of ModelScouts.com.
Vanessa has placed models with many of the world’s leading 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 all the 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.
Throughout Vanessa’s 35 year career she has managed the careers of hundreds of fashion and commercial models including male models, female models, child models, petite models, plus size models, and mature models, and she and her staff fully understand the various aspects of the modeling industry from portfolio development, contract negotiations, the relationships between international and mother agencies, travel arrangements, overseas accommodations, and work visa’s in foreign countries.
Vanessa studied Law at Northwestern California University School of Law, and Canadian Law and Business Administration at Athabasca University. She is a graduate of Hollingshead Business College and has a degree in Fashion Merchandising. Vanessa has also studied Business Management, Information Systems and Computer Applications, and Fine Art and Humanities through various independent programs.
Member of the Better Business Bureau – A+ Rating
Awarded Better Business Bureau Torch Award 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 Shepard and others.