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The Seventies


The first Elite agency opens in Paris.


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


Elite creates the concept of the “Supermodel”

The Eighties


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


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

The Nineties


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

The New Millenium


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


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


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


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


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

Ann Schaufuss for British Vogue

Photographed by David Bailey.