Headed up by Justin Brown, The Wilhelmina Modeling Agency opened its Austin doors in the spring of 2010. Being centrally located to Dallas and Houston, Austin quickly became a fashion mecca. It’s a booming area with a lot of great designers, a wide variety of styles and a ton of local talent. To introduce Wilhelmina to the Austin area the modeling agency put on a runway show featuring top designers. Designers and talent scouts alike had the same sentiment that it was just a matter of time before fashion came to Austin.
October 2015, Wilhelmina Austin acquired Heyman Talent-South and rebrands itself The Brown Agency. Two super agencies coming together is about a growth strategy. It gives clients who are looking for talent and models, a bigger pool to choose from. Since The Brown Agency came about in Central Texas we’ve seen a lot more models and talent from Texas involved with clients like Dell, Loreal, Louis Vuitton, and thousands more. For more details visit Crunchbase.
We’ve seen Brown Agency’s talent in Fashion Weeks held in Dallas, New York, Austin, and Miami and that’s just the tip of the iceberg for CEO Justin Brown and Micheal B. Bonee, founder of Heyman Talent South. Both men pride themselves finding and developing some of the best talent in the world. Justin Brown hasn’t always been a CEO of a major agency. Brown started modeling during college to pay the bills. He reminisces about the rocker jeans he modeled and making $100.00 an hour.
Being more interested in the business end of fashion, Brown studied business management in college. He transcended agency jobs and went into a position where he trained models on how to be professionals. Pretty much what he does now for his own agency. Moving to Austin in 2005, Brown started his model and talent development business. He was thrilled with doing what he loved in a city where he could make a name for himself.