Vanessa Helmer

New York, New York


Northwestern California School of Law


Modeling scout

Company Info


  • 30 years experience scouting, developing, managing and placing models with the world’s top international modeling agencies
  • Managed the careers of hundreds of fashion and commercial models
  • Member of the Managers and Models Association (M.A.M.A.)


Vanessa Helmer is a former writer for Dotdash Media, Inc. who covered the modeling profession. She is an international model scout and agent with 30 years of experience scouting, developing, managing, and placing models with the world’s top international modeling agencies.  

Throughout her 30-year career, she has managed the careers of hundreds of fashion and commercial models, male models, petite, plus size and child models, and understands the various aspects of the modeling industry from portfolio development, contract negotiations, the relationships between international and mother agencies, travel arrangements, overseas accommodations, work visa's in foreign countries, and much more. 

Vanessa has placed models in the world’s top 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 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.

She has owned several successful international modeling agencies and is the owner and founder of

Vanessa is a member of the Managers and Models Association (M.A.M.A.)


Vanessa studied Law at Northwestern California University School of Law and Canadian Law and Business Administration at Athabasca University.

She is also 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.

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