Faith Kates is the founder and owner of NEXT Model Management, the largest modeling network in the world. Read more about what it takes to run one of the most powerful modeling agencies in the business.

How was the concept for Next Model Management born?
It was the right time for a boutique management firm. No one was doing this at the time we really contracted on managing the careers of models.

What made Next Models take off as one of the most successful modeling agencies in the world?
The management philosophy.

What responsibilities do you have as the owner of a modeling agency?
From A to Z, everything.

What have been some of the most memorable modeling assignments booked for your models?
Taking an obscure girl from a poloraid to the cover of Vogue, or turning her into a movie star.

How do you scout the next big face for Next Models?
We travel all over the world and back.

What type of a model is a supermodel?
One with the right attitude.

Who are Next Models most sought after models today?
Catherine McNeil, Anja Rubik, Malgosia Bela, Petra, Molly Sims, and Joy Bryant.

What advice can you give to someone who is interested in a career in modeling?
Follow your dream. If a reputable agent tells you, you have that je ne sais quoi then pursue it…Don’t fall for scams or people wanting money for photos… never do anything you feel uncomfortable about doing. Never sign any release with out showing it to your manager or lawyer.

What was your favorite era of modeling?
The 80’s for sure!!!

What is your number one beauty secret?
Dermablend and lots of rest and if all else fails call Dr. Pat Wexler.

What other passions do you have besides your work?
My family and being the President of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, (OCRF) the leading charity in raising funds for research and awareness OCRF is devoted to the formulation of early diagnostic treatment programs and research towards the ultimate conquest of ovarian cancer. As OCRF strives to find an early diagnostic tool and ultimately find a cure for ovarian cancer, it also seeks to support patients and their loved ones in understanding this disease and its treatment as well as to provide outreach programs and raise public awareness.

It was a pleasure to interview Faith to find out more about her and next models please visit their website: www.nextmodels.com

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  1. Such a great site, thank you for this.

  2. Photography has been my passion ever since I got my first camera at 7 years old, a Polaroid with one set of film. After my recent diagnosis with bipolar disorder, I finally decided what I want to do with my life. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, I simply said…I have no idea. I didn’t think telling my classmates that I want to be a model would help me out with all the bullying I endured. Being pretty can be a blessing but also a curse. I was just the tall, pretty, snobby, rich girl in everyone’s eyes. Modeling is fun to me because you can be whoever you want to be for a little bit. This article has inspired me to ignore what everyone thinks and follow my dreams. No one is going to make it happen but me.