We have had a global presence discovering top models, through our company, Mother Management for fifteen years. Our exclusive boutique approach focuses solely on fashion & editorial in the US and internationally. We are active mother agents helping and nurturing our models throughout their entire career.
Our unique approach to the business has gained national media attention in The Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America, E! Scouted to Stardom, and ABC’s Primetime Nightline. We were dubbed “The Fairy God Parents of the Modeling World’ by the Seattle Times and “Powerhouse Model Scouts” by Australian Harpers Bazaar .
Our 15 year track record has also been well documented on E! Entertainment Television, Model TV, and VH1 Driven; and articles in Paper, Top Model, Cosmo-Girl, Alive, St Louis Post Dispatch, and The River Front Times. Additionally, Mary is a regular guest expert on FOX 2 KTVI in Saint Louis.
Currently we represent a small roster of models including Katie Fogarty, Lindsay Lullman, Grace Hartzel, Lauren Bigelow, Lindsey Byard & Ehren Dorsey to name just a few.
Mother also has a strong roster of men including Ryan Mertz & Kevin Mertens, plus size models Danielle Redman, Myla Dalbesio & Jennie Runk, and new faces consistently getting buzz on style.com and models.com We have several models on the verge of breaking through to international recognition.
- “Jeff and Mary Clarke are a different kind of girl scout, they’ve mastered the art of scouting models”
-Wall Street Journal
In 2005 we discovered a thirteen year old Karlie at a benefit fashion show & model search we produced. Through 2012, we co-managed Karlies career first by developing her in the St Louis and Chicago markets, and later expanding her career to New York and internationally. We practiced her walk on her front porch, arranged shoots, and prepared her for what was ahead.
Beginning in 2007, from her entrance into New York City, to her first Calvin Klein exclusive, every fashion week show season that followed, the editorials, campaigns, covers, her first Victoria Secret show, we maintained a strong relationship as her Mother Agent, traveling with her, nurturing and supporting her, and guiding her career as part of the incredible Next team. Her rise up the ranks including her ranking as #2 on Models.com, all came under the direction of our team.
It was not unusual where you would see Karlie backstage at Fashion Weeks around the world, in transit between shows, and countless other adventures, you would see her under the watchful eye of Jeff in particular, and when possible, the two of us. We celebrated birthdays, vacationed together, experienced milestones, and were available at any given moment to jump on a plane, have dinner after a long day, or just spend time with her. Jeff calls it “Doing Life Together.”
We take pride in the discovery, development, management, and establishment of Karlie Kloss as one of the top models in the world. We can say with all sincerity our team was the determining factor in providing her with the foundation and the opportunity she is reaping the rewards of today.
In February 1997 Mary discovered Ashton at The Airliner in Iowa City, Iowa. Ashton was a bio-chemical engineering student but deep in his heart he had aspirations to be an actor. He shared his dreams in that first conversation standing in the restaurant, engaging in a conversation that would ultimately change both our lives.
I encouraged Ashton to enter a model search I was holding called “The Fresh Face of Iowa” and he went on to win the contest and the grand prize trip to NYC. Soon after, Jeff became fast friends with Ashton and the three of us were spent that spring and early summer preparing for his first trip into the city.
“Use modeling as a catalyst to break into the acting world” was my advice, and we set out on a summer of shoots, a trip to NYC, landing his first gig with Abercrombie & Fitch, shooting for Calvin Klein, and fashion shows including Gucci and Versace. He left Iowa on his first plane ride as a college student and came back a model. We will never forget that holiday season when he came back home to Iowa. The three of us were so excited with what had already unfolded, none of us could imagined what was ahead for him.
After the whirlwind of modeling in New York, Milan, and Paris, the team arranged a meeting in Los Angeles for a new FOX series “That 70’s Show”in January 1998, less than a year from the time we met, and the rest is history.
Being a true Midwesterner, we have maintained a life long relationship with him. His friendship is one we cherish, we love spending time with him, and we have loved watching his unprecedented journey unfold. He has never forgot where he came from and he has truly been a blessing in both our lives.
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