Kim Alley is a modeling agent who operates a modeling agency in Richmond, VA.
Kim Alley was born in Richmond, VA on April 11, 1965. Kim Alley’s fashion career began in Richmond, VA in 1980. While still in high school, Kim studied four years of Fashion Merchandising. At the age of seventeen, she was scouted by the Ford Modeling Agency in New York City, and when she arrived, she stayed with Eileen Ford for several months to compile her portfolio.
Traveling through Europe as a fashion model, Kim Alley set the stage for her success by landing high profile campaigns for Lancôme, Evian, and Benetton and was featured in such top fashion magazines as French Vogue, Italian Vogue, Italian Bazaar, and American Elle Magazine. Her modeling career took her all over the world: from Europe to the Mediterranean, and from Japan to Australia.
After Kim returned to New York City in the early eighties; her success as a model brought her to all of the major markets in the United States including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City. As part of the Ford Modeling Agency, Wilhelmina Modeling Agency and Elite Modeling Agency roster, her notoriety grew as a professional international model.
Using her vast experience of the fashion industry, Kim helped start a Richmond, VA modeling and talent agency. She developed, placed, advised and counseled aspiring models as they began careers in Virginia, New York City Los Angeles and Europe. One of her discoveries is Amy Lemons, who was placed with IMG Models, and who has since become a cover girl appearing on the covers of Harper’s Bazaar, British Vogue, and in Tommy Hilfiger advertising campaigns. Fifteen years after discovering Amy Lemons, she is now currently representing her.
In 1995 Kim was asked to work as an agent for Paris USA Models in New York City. For the next 10 years, Kim worked steadily as an agent for other companies in New York City, such as Bryan Bantry, APM Models and Elite Models. While working at these agencies, Kim managed the careers of many celebrities, stylists, photographers and models.
Virginia's Next Top Model
In 2009 Kim started and produced "Virginia's Top Model" a Richmond, VA competition closely resembling "America's Next Top Model." The purpose of "Virginia's Top Model" was to spotlight one deserving contestant and take his or her career to the next level and meet face to face with modeling agents in New York City. Judges pared more than 100 hopefuls down to four women and one man. The contestants were all new to the modeling world. The winner would travel with Alley to New York City to meet with top agencies, including Elite Model Management, IMG Model Agency and the Ford Modeling Agency.
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