About We Speak
Letter from the Founder
I came to New York to be a model, and in less than two weeks I lost nearly two dress sizes. I was applauded and encouraged to tell other models my secret. There was no secret. For months I was overworked and barely ate. At a size 2, my biggest insecurity— my thighs — were called too doughy. After living off savings for six months, I still hadn’t received payment for the work I had done.
My story echos the stories of many models in the industry. So, in 2013, I started We Speak Model Management.
Starting from scratch wasn’t easy. I began with basic industry knowledge. I had no real contacts and one goal: I wanted to entirely uproot the fashion industry norm. At first, I faced a lot of rejection from the industry but the models joining the We Speak mission were just so excited, they kept me going through the rough spots. Today, We Speak Model Management is a top contender in an ever-changing market.
Throughout the years, despite early opposition and rejection, We Speak never strayed from its mission. We Speak tackles beauty standards, combats tokenism, and opens important conversations with brands about how to push the industry further into this new era of advertising, marketing and promotion. We Speak champions diversity, protects models and supports healthy lifestyles. Models are paid on time and they’re not charged mysterious fees.
Despite pressures to change or alter the way I do business, I’ve never been happy conforming or breaking my values to be a top agency. That’s why We Speak is making it's own new “top” alongside a new community of models, brands, and like-minded people.
While I worked years to grow this agency, it couldn’t have been possible without people like you. Thank you for helping make a better space in fashion!
Here you will find We Speak clients who #hirehealthymodels! Supporting these brands sends a clear message - you want to see more We Speak models in advertising.
More About Us
What is We Speak?
We Speak is a non-traditional model management company that represents people of all backgrounds and champions the voices of marginalized groups. We Speak emphasizes progressive body ideals, self acceptance, and authenticity. The first and only model management company of its kind, taking a unique internal approach, we put models first and open conversations around authentic representation in fashion and commercial advertising.
What makes We Speak different?
We pride ourselves in being the most diverse model management around and have very close relationships with our talent. We are uniquely structured and we are positioned to support models’ careers in a world where the definitions of beauty and authentic representation is rapidly expanding. We are also an industry leader in advocacy and anti-tokenism.
Is We Speak a plus-size model management company?
We Speak clients are much less focused on size than they are on the look, attitude, and story of a model. We Speak represents models of many sizes, however, it is not a plus-size specific agency.
WHAT ARE SOME WAYS WE CAN HIRE DIVERSE WE SPEAK MODELS WITHOUT TOKENIZING THEM?
Please see our pledge and reach out to us to open a conversation!
What are your rates?
We Speak rates vary from model to model, job to job. When requesting a model, either state your budget to see what models are available within that bracket, or provide full job details and we will provide a quote. The higher the usage the job requires and the more in-demand the model, the higher the rate. Contact us here to request a model package and quote.
How do I hire a We Speak Model?
Simply contact We Speak here with full job details (casting details, budget, date, hours needed, usage, etc). Include what type of model you’re looking for.
How do I request a Model Package?
Contact We Speak here. Include full job details and the type of model you’re looking for. To receive a model selection for the job in a timely manner, don’t forget to include specific details.
Do I have to sign an agreement with We Speak to book a model?
Yes. We Speak needs to file your billing information and you must agree to the booking terms. You may review them here.