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With heavy but very proud hearts, model agency co-founders Imogen Wilson and Angela Bevan of The Others will be closed for business as of Friday 7th December 2018.

The Others began in 2016 and brought diversity to life across the fashion scene in New Zealand. Angela had done it once before with her early 2000s anti-agency Hoipolloi and Imogen had long championed non-traditional beauty, as the country’s brightest star in casting, streetwear styling and photography. Together they created magic, launching the modelling careers of the likes of Honor Munro, Ayan Makoii, October, August Ward, Wumi Amokeodo, Harry Barclay and Manahou Mackay (NZ’s first transgender model).

The agency stuck to its rule of not taking models’ measurements and Imogen stuck to her belief in supporting and promoting each model as an individual, managing the agency almost single handedly as Angela took a full time role with Communications Agency SweeneyVesty and remained a silent partner.

The agency has seen models appear in campaigns for Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester, Lonely, Zambesi, Georgia Alice, Harman Grubisa, Huffer, Miss Crabb, Meadowlark, Bonds, Stephen Marr, ASC Salon, Ryder and many more as well as on the runway during New Zealand Fashion Week.

The founders say: “We are happy to have guided the local market to a better place but we know there is still so much more to be done.”

With Imogen spreading her wings and leaving New Zealand at the end of the year, the pair have decided to re-home their models with trusted local agents, signalling the end of an important and influential venture that has fostered many deep new friendships and helped change the perception of beauty.

The Others has been more of a movement and a school of thought than a one-dimensional agency and its quirky, loving family will miss it very much - as will the industry who embraced it with such grateful arms. Ange and Immy would like to thank their clients and co-collaborators for their support and say an especially big thank you to all their models.

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