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NEXT Model Management

NEXT Model Management, with headquarters in New York City and Paris, is the largest modeling network in the world. It has emerged from representing only a few girls in 1989, to representing some of the most prestigious women and men in the fashion world today.

NEXT was founded by Faith Kates in 1989 after she left her successful post as Director of the Women’s Division of Wilhelmina Modeling Agency. A few years later, Kates partnered with Joel Wilkenfeld, who at the time owned Spectrum Model Agency. Similar to Kates’ background, Wilkenfeld was responsible for discovering and developing careers for stars such as Nikki Taylor. Combining Kates’ prowess in marketing and managing models with Wilkenfeld’s proven success in discovering new talent NEXT has become one of the world’s preeminent modeling agencies.

The renowned agency has developed and nurtured the careers of such supermodels as Daniela Pestova, Yamila Diaz-Rahi, Petra Nemcova, Filippa Hamilton, Jessica Miller, Molly Sims, and Veronica Varekova. Next represents some of the biggest names in modeling today including Vogue cover model Georgina Grenville, Cover Girl, Elsa Benitez, Fernanda Motta, and Ana Beatriz Barros as well as new Super Models Solange, Anna J. and Anja Rubik.

During the past three years, Filippa Hamiliton has been the exclusive Ralph Lauren girl, appearing in advertising campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Romance fragrance, Polo, and Ralph Lauren Blue; she has just signed another three-year contract. Jessica Miller has appeared in advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Fendi, Chloe, Givenchy, and Gap. Molly Sims continues her contract with Cover Girl. Veronica Varekova appeared on the cover of the 2004 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

Next’s Men’s Division boasts some of the hottest guys modeling today. Ivan de Pineda is featured in the Jean Paul Gaultier campaign. Kahari Mays just secured the Polo campaign. James Rousseau is presently the face of Hugo Boss. James Penfold appears in the Missoni campaign. Rene Santos is featured in the new Calvin Klein jeans campaign. Matt Merrill appears in the latest Guess campaign. Tommy Dunn and Ben Garrett, are respectively the new image of Escada and Cerrutti fragrance. And Ben Giessler can be seen in the current Burberry campaign.

Next Artists Division, Artists by Timothy Priano is a premiere network representing world-renowned beauty professionals including hair and make-up artists, fashion, photographers, prop stylists and manicurists. Their list of talent includes Brigette Reiss Andersen (make-up), Keith Carpenter (hair), Kristofer Buckle, Matin, Denise Markey (all in make-up) and Peter Butler (hair) to name a few. The Artists Division has worked with Hollywood’ s biggest stars including Ben Affleck, Courteney Cox, Leonardo DiCaprio,
Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Reese Witherspoon and Renee Zellweger. Their work can frequently be seen in top fashion publications as Elle, Glamour, InStyle, Vanity Fair and Vogue.

In January and February 2005, Joel Wilkenfeld appeared on the NBC prime time reality show, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search.

NEXT maintains an influential international force through its fully operational offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, Toronto, Paris, London, and affiliates in Milan and Australia.

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