IMG Models is the world's premier model management firm representing some of the biggest international stars working in the industry including Kate Moss, Gisele, Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell, Liv Tyler and Jessica Stam.
IMG MODELS are part of IMG Fashion that manage the best photographers and make up artists in the world and control the commercial rights of international Fashion Weeks across the globe. IMG Fashion is in turn part of IMG World (founded by the legendary Mark Mc Cormack) that stands today as the biggest and most successful management group (sport, music, fashion etc) in the world. For more information on IMG log onto: www.imgworld.com
Jeni Rose is a world-renowned model scout and has travelled the globe in search of new, fresh faces to take under her wing at IMG. Jeni (born in the USA) started her career in model management in New York where she owned Ice Models and later was the director of Ford Models in Paris. In 1994 she opened IMG Models in Paris and is now VP of development. Jeni resides in Paris with her family, has a country house an hour away and considers herself extremely lucky to be a key player in one of the world's most exciting industries.
David Cunningham is Vice-President, Development with IMG Models in New York, where he has worked since spring 1997. Before moving to IMG New York, David worked first as a model manager in London and later joined IMG Models Paris in 1995 where he met and worked with Jeni Rose for the first time. Since then the pair have enjoyed a really close working relationship and together spearhead IMG Model's development of new talent across the globe which has ensured their status as the two most influential 'players' in the world of fashion. When David is not travelling to far-flung places around the world in search of new talent, he resides in Bay Shore, New York, with his dog Rosie. His father is of Irish decent and they recently travelled together to the West of Ireland to celebrate his dad's 60th birthday. David's dream retirement location is Roundstone in Connemara!
David's and Jeni have been involved in the scouting and development of some of the industry's most famous faces, including: Gemma Ward, Mischa Barton, Erin Wasson, Angela Lindvall, Daria Werbowy, Lara Stone, Jessica Stam and Sasha Pivovarova, amongst others.
Jeni Rose says; "IMG has been approached a number of times by TV companies or broadcasters worldwide to participate in various model search programs and we have always declined. When David and I saw the RTÉ/ Sideline model series from last season we were intrigued. This production very successfully took a familiar genre of programming and gave it a fresh modern spin. We both felt very comfortable to associate ourselves with the show because of the respectful and sensitive treatment the young girls received and also the series highlighted the real process a young girl would follow in order to become a model. Many people underestimate what a difficult job it is to be a model. When a young girl succeeds it's because of her determination and of hard work, plus gentle guidance and huge support from her management. Sideline/RTÉ have done an excellent job of portraying this side of the fashion business and therefore we are thrilled to participate in the "The Model Scouts" for 2010."