Modelution Model Management – 12,5 YEARS MODELUTION AND THE NEXT STEP

July 17, 2017 by Modellist-ID

Founder Karin den Ouden and model manager Carlo den Ouden modelution Founder Karin den Ouden and model manager Carlo den Ouden

Modelution is an international modeling agency founded by Karin den Ouden in 2005. With her partner Carlo den Ouden they have created a perfect nesting ground for building and managing supermodels all over the world.

After 12,5 years of working 24/7 and flying to major fashion cities all over the world, Karin and Carlo are ready for a change. They fell in love with the beautiful beaches and sunny weather in Aruba. So what is the next step? In this interview, founder Karin Smit, will share exclusively with Modellist-ID, the most memorable moments of Modelution and she reveals what will happen to this successful modeling agency and her models.


Yes, that’s correct. Let’s just think about that for a minute. That’s more than a decade of managing models all over the world or to put that into something more digestible, that’s over 50.000 hours of personal management, over a thousand fashion projects, an unbelievable amount of tea and coffee and a good anti eye wrinkle cream.

I loved the fashion industry. In the beginning, I was just so grateful to be working for myself that the first couple of years just flew by. As the fashion clients and international partner agencies grew, all of the extra hours paid off, entrepreneur Carlo joined the agency and we gradually built up amazing relationships with national and international clients such as Balmain, Bershka, Cosmopolitan, Flair, Glamour, Gsus, Harpers Bazaar, Invito, Manfield, Oger, Porsche, Pull & Bear, Supertrash, Specsavers, Teen VOGUE, VOGUE, WE and Zara. We have had the opportunity to work on some fantastic bookings, for example, the worldwide campaign of G-Star (starring our model Zazoe in all stores from literally Australia to the United States).

G-star Modelution

F.l.t.r. Model Zazoe in the worldwide campaign of G-Star and checking another campaign in her hometown with manager Karin.



1. Front row seats at fashion weeks
Modelution was honored to work with top designers during numerous events and shows. It all started during Amsterdam Fashion Week, where Dutch designer Marloes Blaas did book all of our models exclusively for her runway show. Later, our supermodel Eline Helena was confirmed as -the only- female model during Men Fashion Week in Milano, none other than Calvin Klein! Further, our models were rocking the international catwalks from Marc Jacobs (Nina at New York Fashion Week) to Louis Vuitton (Felien Bergman at Paris Fashion Week). And what’s cooler than your seat front row during New York Fashion Week, next to the editors of VOGUE.


F.l.t.r: model Felien on the left at Louis Vuitton, alongside Modelutions models at Amsterdam Fashion Week and supermodel Nina for Marc Jacobs.

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2. Modelutions models in the windows of the shopping streets
A precious moment was when we were buying casting clothes with our new faces in Dutch shopping street the Kalverstreet. We noticed 4 campaigns came out and our models were in 4 different fashion stores (within a 10-minute walking distance). From beauty campaigns to shoe campaigns. I was so proud of them.


F.l.t.r. Supermodel Eline Helena in Remington Campaign and on the right: models Noelle and Nina in show campaigns for Dolcis and Invito.

3. Traveling all over the world
Modelution has collaborations in Auckland, Athens, Bangkok, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Capetown, Hamburg, Istanbul, Melbourne, Seoul, Sydney, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Zurich. Countless times we jumped on planes for new international collaborations. So we have seen a lot of fashion cities and discovered great alleys and neighborhoods with our models.

F.l.t.r. Meeting up with the models in New York and model Laela in Milan.

Modelution models milan

4. Nomination as businesswoman of the year
Model managers receive a lot of invitations to join red carpet events. Though I skipped a lot of events, I was very proud when VIVA 400 nominated me as a successful businesswoman. I went to their dinner and this nomination was a crowning glory.

5. Helping the multi cultural models to join the international fashion industry
Modelution was asked to be on the jury of the Dutch modeling competition: Topmodel of Colour. The aim of the competition is to help multicultural models in the fashion industry. This is a great initiative of Monica van Halder, because the winner of this model competition wins a modeling contract and gets opportunities as a model in the fashion industry. To support this improvement in the fashion industry, I said yes to a position in the jury. In the end, we signed the winner of this competition and we arranged bookings for Bijenkorf and Bershka in the Netherlands and Spain.

F.l.t.r. the members of the jury during ‘Topmodel of Colour’.

We will help all of our models to find a new, good mother agent in the Netherlands. Most of our models already have a big network with modeling agencies abroad, so we are confident they will find representation soon. We also did place our full-time models successfully with another great Dutch model agency, because they are already scheduled for next fashion season. We have high expectations of our new faces and we truly believe they will do well the upcoming fashion weeks starting in September. Model Charlotte is holding an exclusive option for Burberry. So exciting!

F.l.t.r. last casting trip to Milan with successful placements of Bente (Women Management) and Charlotte (Brave Management). Left: early morning coffee with model Judith in Milan.

We will close our agency and relax for a while. We will move to Aruba. Of course we will stay in touch with our models, because we have supermodels like Eline Helena and Nina de Raadt who joined us since the beginning, for 12,5 years! We have seen them growing up, from wise teenagers to beautiful supermodels. Also, we are lucky because we will see the great shooting results of our models until the end of this year. Even when we will fly to Aruba, we will read Dutch ELLE magazine and see our supermodel Nina de Raadt on 14 pages.


Jurk met ruches Ganni, vilten hoed Demure, denim wikkelkapje 69

Modelution Nina de Raadt

Out now ELLE (August) with 14 pages supermodel Nina de Raadt. Photography: Emil Pabon Styling: Dido Mani.

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