Los Angeles firm posing as Elite Model Management?

So it has come to my attention a company calling themselves Elite Fashion Academy has hit the internet with a website offering classes for modeling , photography, makeup, hair, fashion, and acting. Well first of all, that’s damn talented of them to be able to offer an academy for such a diverse range of subjects. The academy is run by Renee Esebag and the main domain was  created on Oct 1, 2009. It is well known for those with experience that virtually all modeling schools are pretty much worthless. Legitimate modeling agencies don’t make money by offering classes. They make money by booking real jobs from clients. Modeling schools are usually offered by agencies in small markets to supplement their client bookings and some schools like John Robert Powers and Barbizon are not agencies at all. They will pretty much take anyone with a valid credit card. This Elite Modeling Academy managed to make themselves look pretty legitimate by licensing the Elite logo. But the key is in the details. Elite Model Management Corp, based in NY is the Elite most aspiring models know about and they are simply not going to offer modeling classes. Here is a statement from Elite NY.

Elite Los Angeles is the legitimate LA office of the real Elite Model Management Corp which is based in NY City as it has been for the past 32 years and has represents some of the World’s Top Models and has no association or affiliation with this or any other modeling school or any retail outlet selling merchandise bearing the Elite name, logo or Trademarks.  Elite Model Management is not a part of or a party to the company you have called to inquire about.
If you have an interest in modeling please go to elitemodel.com where you’ll find information on how to submit yourself for consideration for professional representation.

Chrysa Nakis
[email protected]
ELITE MODEL MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
404 Park Avenue South, Floor 9, New York, NY  10016 Tel  212-529-9594 ext 313 or 212-995-7313 direct, Fax 212-995-7323

  • Dear Mr. Yuan,

    Being active in the fashion and modeling industry for many years, I often read your post and comments about modeling and photography with interest as I find them informative and humoristic. More than often, your direct and funny advises for aspiring models made me smile. But to my surprise, a couple of days ago I saw my name and business listed in your blog but not in the best or accurate manner.

    We never had the pleasure to meet and I know that never came to Elite Fashion Academy; however this did not prevent you to make unfounded and harmful comments for my reputation and my business.

    For the sake of objectivity to your readers, for my reputation, and to preserve my business interest I thought that I should bring forward factual corrections to your article about Elite Fashion Academy Los Angeles and myself.
    Allow me to correct the statement you made about Elite, the famous modeling agency (http://www.elitemodel-world.com/) with a short historical background.

    Back in the 70’s Elite was created by John Casablancas and Alain Kitler in Paris.

    Very rapidly Elite extended its influence to many countries in the world and opened more than thirty agencies in the world including the US agencies you are familiar with in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. Due to third party litigation, back in early 2000, Elite separated Elite USA from the rest of its worldwide operations.

    As result of this litigation, the four USA agencies were acquired by a company located in Florida which still owns them. The Elite you are referring to in your article consists only of these four agencies operated under a separate ownership from the founding Elite.

    Contrarily to your statement, the real and historical “Elite” is Elite World. It is the continuation of the same company created and made famous by Mr Casablancas and Kitler. From its European headquarters, Elite continues to operate 55 agencies in the world managing more than 2,000 models. Please refer to the web site: http://www.elitemodel-world.com/ for further information about Elite and its history.

    In addition to model management, Elite also owns other talent agencies, brand licensing, and more importantly conducts yearly worldwide model search for new talents.

    Elite organizes yearly the Elite Model Look as well as the Worldwide Final of Elite Search; the last two years these events were organized at Sanya in China. During these searches Elite finds and hires new models for its worldwide agencies.

    Elite is managed by Mr. Bernard Hennet, its CEO. I have the privilege to be not only a close friend of Mr. Hennet, but also as business partner of Elite.

    I also license out Elite Fashion Academies and share our curriculum for other Elite Fashion Academies licensed under the Elite World Brand.

    Back in 2005, backed with his long experience in the field of beauty and fashion, Mr, Hennet promoted the first Elite School; it opened in Milan, Italy.
    This school provides classes in the field of photography, fashion, style, make up and modeling.

    Far from being what you described as being a “sham”, this school is accredited by the Italian government which provides scholarships for continuing education or new carrier orientation for students enrolled in the school.

    In the same line and to address legitimate needs, Elite entrusted me with the management of Elite Fashion Academy Los Angeles, a school which operates under Elite’s guidelines.

    While Elite’s name parallels high end fashion, the academy broadens its horizon to reflect the real diversity that Elite offers; as such it provides among others, complete acting and photography classes. Further Elite Fashion Academy, being affiliated with Elite, is empowered to select candidates for the Elite Model Look contest and for Elite World.

    For reference, Elite Fashion Academy presently exits in Milan, Tokyo, New Delhi, Los Angeles and Berlin; more academies will be opened worldwide in the coming months.
    Again, I encourage you to visit Elite World web site where you will be able to verify the veracity of the information given in this letter.

    I believe that this information will enable you to reassess your view and opinion expressed about Elite Fashion Academy in a more accurate manner. I also trust that you will communicate the rectifications or the content of my letter to your readers by posting it on you blog.

    Do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience if you have any question.

    Sincerely,

    Elite Fashion Academy Los Angeles

    By: Renee Esebag

    Its: C.E.O.

    • patyuen

      First things first. The word “sham” was used only by Ms. Esebag in her response. It does not appear anywhere in the original post.

      I welcome Ms. Esebag’s response to this post. After reviewing her reply, I can say that other than the misspelling of my name, everything she states appears to be factually correct as far as I can tell. Elite Model Management Corp and Elite World SA are different businesses who share the same name, often operating under different business practices with different criterion. So it all comes down to where your perspective is. If you are one of those readers in the U.S. who highly regard Elite Model Management Corp due to the quality of their models, their ranking as a top 10 NY women’s agency by http://www.models.com, and their high standards regarding selection of models, you should disregard all those things from your mind when evaluating Elite Model Academy and judge them with a clean slate. I recommend perspective students judge them as if they were called Renee’s Fashion Academy who has licensed a name from Elite World SA operating within their guidelines.

      If you are a non-U.S. reader who are familiar with Elite World SA’s franchises, I recommend you judge them by those standards; whatever they may be.

      Despite Ms. Esebag’s point that Elite World SA is a separate business than Elite Model Management Corp, Elite Fashion Academy’s website list links to Elite Model Management Corp while Elite Model Management Corp makes no references to Elite Fashion Academy. Readers can judge for themselves the implications of such a one sided alliance.

      I maintain that agency models are born and not trained. A model with the right look can be directed by a competent photographer and art director. A model with the wrong look can never get the right look even after years of training. There are other types of modeling that can benefit from experience such as art nudes but that usually comes from years of experience rather than a few days of training in Los Angeles.

      As for the other aspects of Elite Fashion Academy such as photography, acting, makeup, etc, it’s ambitious at best. Perspective students should judge their offerings and value against the many competitors they have in the Los Angles area who specialize in such training.

      Since this school is so new, there are no testimonials from students yet. Time will tell how well they fair. I welcome any comments from people who have had direct experience with Elite Fashion Academy. All legitimate positive or negative comments will be approved unless they are outright spam or contains hate speech.

  • Dear Mr. Yuan,

    Being active in the fashion and modeling industry for many years, I often read your post and comments about modeling and photography with interest as I find them informative and humoristic. More than often, your direct and funny advises for aspiring models made me smile. But to my surprise, a couple of days ago I saw my name and business listed in your blog but not in the best or accurate manner.

    We never had the pleasure to meet and I know that never came to Elite Fashion Academy; however this did not prevent you to make unfounded and harmful comments for my reputation and my business.

    For the sake of objectivity to your readers, for my reputation, and to preserve my business interest I thought that I should bring forward factual corrections to your article about Elite Fashion Academy Los Angeles and myself.
    Allow me to correct the statement you made about Elite, the famous modeling agency (http://www.elitemodel-world.com/) with a short historical background.

    Back in the 70’s Elite was created by John Casablancas and Alain Kitler in Paris.

    Very rapidly Elite extended its influence to many countries in the world and opened more than thirty agencies in the world including the US agencies you are familiar with in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. Due to third party litigation, back in early 2000, Elite separated Elite USA from the rest of its worldwide operations.

    As result of this litigation, the four USA agencies were acquired by a company located in Florida which still owns them. The Elite you are referring to in your article consists only of these four agencies operated under a separate ownership from the founding Elite.

    Contrarily to your statement, the real and historical “Elite” is Elite World. It is the continuation of the same company created and made famous by Mr Casablancas and Kitler. From its European headquarters, Elite continues to operate 55 agencies in the world managing more than 2,000 models. Please refer to the web site: http://www.elitemodel-world.com/ for further information about Elite and its history.

    In addition to model management, Elite also owns other talent agencies, brand licensing, and more importantly conducts yearly worldwide model search for new talents.

    Elite organizes yearly the Elite Model Look as well as the Worldwide Final of Elite Search; the last two years these events were organized at Sanya in China. During these searches Elite finds and hires new models for its worldwide agencies.

    Elite is managed by Mr. Bernard Hennet, its CEO. I have the privilege to be not only a close friend of Mr. Hennet, but also as business partner of Elite.

    I also license out Elite Fashion Academies and share our curriculum for other Elite Fashion Academies licensed under the Elite World Brand.

    Back in 2005, backed with his long experience in the field of beauty and fashion, Mr, Hennet promoted the first Elite School; it opened in Milan, Italy.
    This school provides classes in the field of photography, fashion, style, make up and modeling.

    Far from being what you described as being a “sham”, this school is accredited by the Italian government which provides scholarships for continuing education or new carrier orientation for students enrolled in the school.

    In the same line and to address legitimate needs, Elite entrusted me with the management of Elite Fashion Academy Los Angeles, a school which operates under Elite’s guidelines.

    While Elite’s name parallels high end fashion, the academy broadens its horizon to reflect the real diversity that Elite offers; as such it provides among others, complete acting and photography classes. Further Elite Fashion Academy, being affiliated with Elite, is empowered to select candidates for the Elite Model Look contest and for Elite World.

    For reference, Elite Fashion Academy presently exits in Milan, Tokyo, New Delhi, Los Angeles and Berlin; more academies will be opened worldwide in the coming months.
    Again, I encourage you to visit Elite World web site where you will be able to verify the veracity of the information given in this letter.

    I believe that this information will enable you to reassess your view and opinion expressed about Elite Fashion Academy in a more accurate manner. I also trust that you will communicate the rectifications or the content of my letter to your readers by posting it on you blog.

    Do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience if you have any question.

    Sincerely,

    Elite Fashion Academy Los Angeles

    By: Renee Esebag

    Its: C.E.O.

    • patyuen

      First things first. The word “sham” was used only by Ms. Esebag in her response. It does not appear anywhere in the original post.

      I welcome Ms. Esebag’s response to this post. After reviewing her reply, I can say that other than the misspelling of my name, everything she states appears to be factually correct as far as I can tell. Elite Model Management Corp and Elite World SA are different businesses who share the same name, often operating under different business practices with different criterion. So it all comes down to where your perspective is. If you are one of those readers in the U.S. who highly regard Elite Model Management Corp due to the quality of their models, their ranking as a top 10 NY women’s agency by http://www.models.com, and their high standards regarding selection of models, you should disregard all those things from your mind when evaluating Elite Model Academy and judge them with a clean slate. I recommend perspective students judge them as if they were called Renee’s Fashion Academy who has licensed a name from Elite World SA operating within their guidelines.

      If you are a non-U.S. reader who are familiar with Elite World SA’s franchises, I recommend you judge them by those standards; whatever they may be.

      Despite Ms. Esebag’s point that Elite World SA is a separate business than Elite Model Management Corp, Elite Fashion Academy’s website list links to Elite Model Management Corp while Elite Model Management Corp makes no references to Elite Fashion Academy. Readers can judge for themselves the implications of such a one sided alliance.

      I maintain that agency models are born and not trained. A model with the right look can be directed by a competent photographer and art director. A model with the wrong look can never get the right look even after years of training. There are other types of modeling that can benefit from experience such as art nudes but that usually comes from years of experience rather than a few days of training in Los Angeles.

      As for the other aspects of Elite Fashion Academy such as photography, acting, makeup, etc, it’s ambitious at best. Perspective students should judge their offerings and value against the many competitors they have in the Los Angles area who specialize in such training.

      Since this school is so new, there are no testimonials from students yet. Time will tell how well they fair. I welcome any comments from people who have had direct experience with Elite Fashion Academy. All legitimate positive or negative comments will be approved unless they are outright spam or contains hate speech.

  • Dear Mr. Yuen,

    While, I appreciate you posting my response to your initialblog, I deplore your strange insistence in making false factual allegationsagainst my business and myself. If, despite the evidence, you choose to believe that the“real” Elite is not the worldwide organization of Elite World (which discoveredand made famous modeling icons like Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bunchen, ClaudiaShiffer and many others) but the spin off of three agencies in the US, itis your prerogative. However when it comes to my business, integrity andaffiliation with Elite your public statements are simply erroneous andmisleading not to say slanderous. Without even being familiar with my business, EliteFashion Academy, you publicly stated in your posted response that Elite FashionAcademy should as well have been called Renee’s Fashion Academy as noaffiliation with Elite exists. Nothing is further from the truth. Please refer to the following link: http://www.elitemodel-world.com/flash/home.htmlplease go to Corporate, then go to Elite Group in whichyou will read: Franchises: cafes, beauty salons, modeling schools. Following my detailed response to what I thought wasgenuine and simple misinformation on your part, I do not understand yourpersistence in refuting the evidence and the continuation of these attacks.Your comments are unfounded, false, misleading to thepublic and damaging to my business and personal reputation, this must now cease. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience if youhave any question about my letter or my affiliation with Elite.

    Sincerely yours,

    Elite Fashion Academy

    By: Renee Esebag

    Its: CEO

    • patyuen

      You sound like you need a Whambulance. Your emotions have caused you to have reading comprehension problems. I’ll say it again to be clear. Elite Fashion Academy is not associated with Elite Model Management Corp which owns and runs Elite NY, LA, and Miami. But don’t take my word for it. Take it up with Chrysa Nakis at Elite NY. Elite Fashion Academy IS associated with Elite World SA. Both Elite Model Management Corp and Elite World SA are real. Neither one is imaginary. Is that clear now? Yes, Elite World SA licenses their name to all kinds of business including cafes, beauty salons, modeling schools, perfumes, skin care, and hair care products.

      And before you start pretend to know the law, look up the difference between slander and libel.

  • Dear Mr. Yuen,

    While, I appreciate you posting my response to your initialblog, I deplore your strange insistence in making false factual allegationsagainst my business and myself. If, despite the evidence, you choose to believe that the“real” Elite is not the worldwide organization of Elite World (which discoveredand made famous modeling icons like Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bunchen, ClaudiaShiffer and many others) but the spin off of three agencies in the US, itis your prerogative. However when it comes to my business, integrity andaffiliation with Elite your public statements are simply erroneous andmisleading not to say slanderous. Without even being familiar with my business, EliteFashion Academy, you publicly stated in your posted response that Elite FashionAcademy should as well have been called Renee’s Fashion Academy as noaffiliation with Elite exists. Nothing is further from the truth. Please refer to the following link: http://www.elitemodel-world.com/flash/home.htmlplease go to Corporate, then go to Elite Group in whichyou will read: Franchises: cafes, beauty salons, modeling schools. Following my detailed response to what I thought wasgenuine and simple misinformation on your part, I do not understand yourpersistence in refuting the evidence and the continuation of these attacks.Your comments are unfounded, false, misleading to thepublic and damaging to my business and personal reputation, this must now cease. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience if youhave any question about my letter or my affiliation with Elite.

    Sincerely yours,

    Elite Fashion Academy

    By: Renee Esebag

    Its: CEO

    • patyuen

      You sound like you need a Whambulance. Your emotions have caused you to have reading comprehension problems. I’ll say it again to be clear. Elite Fashion Academy is not associated with Elite Model Management Corp which owns and runs Elite NY, LA, and Miami. But don’t take my word for it. Take it up with Chrysa Nakis at Elite NY. Elite Fashion Academy IS associated with Elite World SA. Both Elite Model Management Corp and Elite World SA are real. Neither one is imaginary. Is that clear now? Yes, Elite World SA licenses their name to all kinds of business including cafes, beauty salons, modeling schools, perfumes, skin care, and hair care products.

      And before you start pretend to know the law, look up the difference between slander and libel.

  • Dear Patrick,

    Renee has directed me to your blog. Perhaps I can help clear up some of your misconceptions about the school. To begin with, you are correct when you say that Elite Models is a different company with separate licensing. In much the same way as Diesel Shoes is not the same company as Diesel Clothing, many brands around the world are licensees. Elite Fashion Academy has licensed their usage of the Elite name under strict guidelines of quality and at great expense. As the school is new, obviously they have no track record as yet, so I’m not sure why your blog has taken such a decidedly negative slant.

    I have know Renee for over 10 years, and during that time she has consistently demonstrated good character and honesty. I, myself have been a professional photographer for over 15 years, formerly created and taught the upper division fashion class at Brooks Institute of Photography, and lectured at the university level. Your nefarious suggestions that the Academy is a potential scam is completely unfounded and borders on libel.

    Elite Fashion Academy’s goal is to help naturally gifted models, actors, and photographers navigate the pitfalls of the business. Not everyone will succeed, but everyone will be given the knowledge to success if they have the drive and talent.

    I hope this clarifies some of the misinformation circulating about.

    Best Regards,

    TC Reiner

    • patyuen

      Wow. You guys are really starting to sound pathetic. I invite any and all readers to use the search function on this page. (Ctrl F): Enter the word ‘scam’. Guess who is the first one to use it? Drumroll…..TC Reiner. Now search for the word ‘sham’. Guess who is the first one to use it? Renee Esebag. Stop being such little crybabies. I don’t give a crap if Renee is mother Theresa and you are protege to Annie Leibovitz. I only have two points with my original post. 1. Elite Fashion Academy is not associated with Elite Model Management Corp who runs Elite NY and Elite LA. 2. Aspiring agency models do not need training.

      Now both of you can stop with the feeble attempts at threatening libel. It’s the first tool of choice for someone who has no rebuttal. Renee’s first reply was actually mostly on point. With each additional response, you are both only making yourself sound more desperate. The only thing you are doing is drawing more viewers to this post. If you believe that all publicity is good publicity, keep it up because I have no problems bringing more attention to your academy.

      If you were really smart, you would stop whining about misinformation, who is the real Elite, what John Casablancas did 38 years ago, and what strict guidelines you adhere to.

      This is an opportunity to address specific questions about your school. 1. Why do aspiring agency models need training? 2. Do you have any criterion for who you will train as models or will a credit card meet the minimum requirement. 3. How much do they pay and for what? 4. What advantages do you offer over the many competitor in LA for acting, photography, and makeup training.

      BTW, if you answer with marketing speak, my readers will see right through it. They are pretty smart.

  • Dear Patrick,

    Renee has directed me to your blog. Perhaps I can help clear up some of your misconceptions about the school. To begin with, you are correct when you say that Elite Models is a different company with separate licensing. In much the same way as Diesel Shoes is not the same company as Diesel Clothing, many brands around the world are licensees. Elite Fashion Academy has licensed their usage of the Elite name under strict guidelines of quality and at great expense. As the school is new, obviously they have no track record as yet, so I’m not sure why your blog has taken such a decidedly negative slant.

    I have know Renee for over 10 years, and during that time she has consistently demonstrated good character and honesty. I, myself have been a professional photographer for over 15 years, formerly created and taught the upper division fashion class at Brooks Institute of Photography, and lectured at the university level. Your nefarious suggestions that the Academy is a potential scam is completely unfounded and borders on libel.

    Elite Fashion Academy’s goal is to help naturally gifted models, actors, and photographers navigate the pitfalls of the business. Not everyone will succeed, but everyone will be given the knowledge to success if they have the drive and talent.

    I hope this clarifies some of the misinformation circulating about.

    Best Regards,

    TC Reiner

    • patyuen

      Wow. You guys are really starting to sound pathetic. I invite any and all readers to use the search function on this page. (Ctrl F): Enter the word ‘scam’. Guess who is the first one to use it? Drumroll…..TC Reiner. Now search for the word ‘sham’. Guess who is the first one to use it? Renee Esebag. Stop being such little crybabies. I don’t give a crap if Renee is mother Theresa and you are protege to Annie Leibovitz. I only have two points with my original post. 1. Elite Fashion Academy is not associated with Elite Model Management Corp who runs Elite NY and Elite LA. 2. Aspiring agency models do not need training.

      Now both of you can stop with the feeble attempts at threatening libel. It’s the first tool of choice for someone who has no rebuttal. Renee’s first reply was actually mostly on point. With each additional response, you are both only making yourself sound more desperate. The only thing you are doing is drawing more viewers to this post. If you believe that all publicity is good publicity, keep it up because I have no problems bringing more attention to your academy.

      If you were really smart, you would stop whining about misinformation, who is the real Elite, what John Casablancas did 38 years ago, and what strict guidelines you adhere to.

      This is an opportunity to address specific questions about your school. 1. Why do aspiring agency models need training? 2. Do you have any criterion for who you will train as models or will a credit card meet the minimum requirement. 3. How much do they pay and for what? 4. What advantages do you offer over the many competitor in LA for acting, photography, and makeup training.

      BTW, if you answer with marketing speak, my readers will see right through it. They are pretty smart.

  • JAY AYE

    Hmmm. First off, Patyuen’s remarks approach dangerously close to libel. (They would be libel, not slander). Secondly, if the “academy” isn’t committing outright fraud, it’s closer than spitting distance to fraud. You also have the weird situation where NYC Elite claims no affiliation at all, but the academy claims to have licensed the Elite name.

    Of course, Patyuen is correct as to all these modeling schools and training and so forth. No school can “train” a girl to be 5’8″ and nicely proportioned with good cheekbones. PERHAPS an academy could polish a girl who DOES have the physical attributes. But I doubt that they could polish the girl better than she would be during the normal testing period. And the other stuff? Heck, you can learn to do passable own makeup in hours, not weeks.

    My strong impression, with a background in photography and having worked with many models, is that the academy is worthless and that if it actually DID legally license the use [misuse, really] of the Elite name, then the use of the name is itself fraudulently because it falsely implies an “in” with the Elite agency(ies).

    • chris

      although you are able to use the term libel correctly in the above context, i don’t believe you are qualified to give any sort of legal advice. many brands sell licensing for a variety of things, which had nothing to do with their original business (eg. Trump (Real Estate)…you find his brand on Vodka, Water, etc. PDiddy licensing his brand also for alcohol.

  • JAY AYE

    Hmmm. First off, Patyuen’s remarks approach dangerously close to libel. (They would be libel, not slander). Secondly, if the “academy” isn’t committing outright fraud, it’s closer than spitting distance to fraud. You also have the weird situation where NYC Elite claims no affiliation at all, but the academy claims to have licensed the Elite name.

    Of course, Patyuen is correct as to all these modeling schools and training and so forth. No school can “train” a girl to be 5’8″ and nicely proportioned with good cheekbones. PERHAPS an academy could polish a girl who DOES have the physical attributes. But I doubt that they could polish the girl better than she would be during the normal testing period. And the other stuff? Heck, you can learn to do passable own makeup in hours, not weeks.

    My strong impression, with a background in photography and having worked with many models, is that the academy is worthless and that if it actually DID legally license the use [misuse, really] of the Elite name, then the use of the name is itself fraudulently because it falsely implies an “in” with the Elite agency(ies).

    • chris

      although you are able to use the term libel correctly in the above context, i don’t believe you are qualified to give any sort of legal advice. many brands sell licensing for a variety of things, which had nothing to do with their original business (eg. Trump (Real Estate)…you find his brand on Vodka, Water, etc. PDiddy licensing his brand also for alcohol.

  • Jt

    Dude… you should look up the word “franchisee” in the dictionary. If you think they aren’t affiliated with Elite, then watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVZ8Kk3R0GM&feature=channel.
    Oh, and if you think model’s can’t be trained, and they are “born” with the skills, and knowledge to model, you should watch a TV show called America’s Next Top Model. I guess you haven’t heard of it, cause you’ve been so busy photographing for “international magazines.” But professional models (Tyra Banks and others) trains girls on HOW TO model. Strangely, none of them were born knowing how to model. And the winner get’s a contract. Oh, and it’s been around for like 6+ years!
    So…sorry dude…but you are wrong.

    • Alex

      First of all, Pat did not claim that they were not affiliated. The only place where that was said, was in the email that is quoted from the New York Model Management office. In short, Elite Fashion Academy has licensed the Elite logo and name from Elite World which is the parent company of Elite Model Management (so you could think of Elite Model Management as a “franchisee” as well). Which means they are indirectly affiliated, but it seems Elite Model Management wants to put as much distance between them and Elite Fashion Academy. I do not blame them for this, because as Pat states it is true that modeling classes are indeed a scam.

      Modeling is based off genetics. You cannot train a girl to become 5’10” with perfect measurements, proportions, and bone structure. You don’t need to go to modeling school to be a model. In fact most real model agencies would prefer you hadn’t as it can result in bad habits at the very least. You will get the experience and training you need through test shoots, experience on the job, through conversations with your agent or personal manager, and, if necessary, from brief classes arranged, usually for free, by your agent. Some examples of classes models MAY benefit from are dance classes (to get to know your body and how it moves), acting classes (to get to know your emotions because modeling is just a form of acting in stills), and maybe one runway class (for those that don’t know anything about runway and walking in one). Going to classes are really reserved for those that after quite a bit of experience, still aren’t showing any improvement in those areas. Professional pictures are not needed, if a fashion agency likes you, they will sign you off polariods taken in their office. It’s a growing process, not an academic process.

      When you mentioned America’s Next Top Model, I burst out laughing. ANTM is a REALITY TELEVISION SHOW not unlike Jersey Shore or the Real World. It has little more to do with modeling than having a name in it’s title. Please direct me to one, just one model in all of its seasons that has landed international campaigns without the help of the show. Real international designers and agencies that are not paid by the television show to be part of ANTM, do not touch those girls with a ten foot pole. That show can actually ruin a girls chances of becoming a full time, international model. Tyra Banks WAS a professional model, but she had since retired and became a television host. She is now back on the IMG board, and it’s not coincidental that this season’s winner gets a contract with IMG. She isn’t training any of those models. They are learning on their own by doing photoshoots and runways. They would do just as well, if not better on their own.

      So…. sorry dude.. you are sadly and utterly misinformed….

      With all that said, if the reason you decided to comment on this was because you or someone close to you has or wants to take classes similar to this, then by all means don’t let me sway you. It’s no skin off my back if you want to shovel out $2,000-$10,000 for them. You’ll learn though, that it really doesn’t benefit you in the slightest. And here, this is a resource that CAN actually help any aspiring model: http://newmodels.com/

      Race you to the cover of Vogue ;)….

    • Oceanmaven111

      Anyone who consistently uses the word “dude” in his posts as much as you do, and acts like “America’s Next Top Model” is the authority on “training models”, has lost all credibility.

    • Oceanmaven111

      Proof that ANTM is B.S.–the most recently selected model is 6’2 – 2 inches past the maximum height requirement of most agencies!

      http://tv.yahoo.com/blog/controversial-teen-with-tiny-waist-wins-americas-next-top-model–1875

      And, she’s freakishly skinny

      • She has a tiny waist but in line with ANTM’s sensational promotion, that clip in no way represents reality. Unless Miss J has freakishly large hands, there is no way he can wrap his hands around her waist. What the camera does not show is that his thumbs are not touching in the back. That is not wrapping your hands around a waist. That is just putting your hands in front of a waist. For anyone that does not believe me, find a friend with the largest hands and have him touch finger tips and thumbs and tell me you think it is humanly possible to have that size a waist. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2VJtPTYv4U&feature=player_embedded

  • student

    this is funny because efala is a part of elite WORLD all you seem to be focused on is the model agency but this school provides courses on make-up, photography, acting, styling, and hair, the modeling workshop is not a school its one day and only offered twice a year to those with actual potential to help present themselves to agencies properly . i took the make-up courses and went from beginner to booking red carpet events and celeb clients, i learned so much from elite and don’t regret a second or a penny, renee has booked me for mannnny jobs since i completed the program almost 2 years ago as well as introduced me to clients who book me all the time i cant imagine where my career would be otherwise.