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The Seventies

1972

The first Elite agency opens in Paris.

1977

Opening of the New York agency. Three years later, Elite becomes New York’s leading model agency.

1979

Elite creates the concept of the “Supermodel”

The Eighties

1983

Elite launches the Elite Model Look contest, the world’s largest model competition.

1986

With more than 20 agencies throughout the world, Elite doubles its sales in the space of 5 years.

The Nineties

1998

Elite Licensing Company is established to develop a distribution strategy for products bearing the Elite brand name

The New Millenium

2003

Elite opens up new horizons and enters the Asian market. To mark the occasion it organizes the Elite Model Look World Final in Singapore. The subsequent 2004 and 2005 World Finals are held in Shanghai.

The New Millenium

2006

The Group is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, thereby increasing its international profile.

2008

After Marrakech in 2006 and Prague in 2007, in 2008 the EML 25th World Final returns to China (Sanya), with 80 contestants from 70 countries.

The New Millenium

2011

In February, Elite World shareholders elect a new Board of Directors. The new board election follows the acquisition of a controlling stake in Elite World by Pacific Global Management. PGM is a global talent management company active in the music and events business. It has strong digital marketing expertise and a substantial presence in Asia through Gold Typhoon one of the biggest record labels and artist management companies in Greater China.

In December, Elite extends its global footprint and establishes a direct presence in China with the opening of Elite China in Shanghai.

The New Millenium

2012

Elite celebrates its 40th anniversary: 40 years of success, international beauty and style.

Ann Schaufuss for British Vogue


Photographed by David Bailey.