Confessions of a model spotter: Top scout reveals the best new faces are found at MCDONALD’S
By Margot Peppers PUBLISHED: 12 July 2013
Hotspots: Fast food chains and ‘touristy areas’ around New York are apparently the best places to scout new model talent
McDonald’s may seem like an unlikely place to find beautiful girls, but a model scout has claimed that fast food restaurants and other big chains in ‘touristy’ locations are the best places to discover new talent.
Lanny Zenga, who works for One Management, explained to Fashionista that New York areas with a high volume of foreigners and mid-westerners – like Times Square and Herald Square – tend to yield more model-worthy girls.
A key trait he searches for is good bone structure, and in terms of age, younger is better when it comes to scouting for new talent.
‘In Europe they actually poach girls who are. . . like 12,’ he explains. ‘And they’ll groom them to become supermodels.’
In the U.S. though, the CFDA states that runway models in New York must be older than 18, and Vogue launched an initiative last year requiring models to be at least 16.
Still, it doesn’t stop Mr Zenga from noticing younger girls who fit the mold.
Once new models have been tapped, they are given yoga classes and then housed by agencies, usually in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – ‘probably the best-looking place to go to if you want to see beautiful people everywhere,’ says Mr Zenga.
In terms of timing, summer is prime ideal for model scouting, says Mr Zenga, since winter layers make it hard to tell what a girl’s body really looks like.
Unfortunately for scouts like Mr Zenga, though, whose agency is based in New York, the city itself is not the best place to find models, because a good portion of eligible girls on the street are already signed.
Scouts who stay stateside have a better chance at music festivals and concerts, where young and good-looking people tend to congregate.
But the best place for scouting new model talent is in Europe – particularly in Denmark and the Scandinavian countries, says Mr Zenga.
‘When I went there a couple of months ago every girl on the street was scoutable,’ he explained. ‘I swear, I walked around and everyone was f****** gorgeous!’
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