About US



We are a boutique modeling agency located in Dayton, OH dedicated to scouting, developing, booking and placing models around the globe, making (DE-FI) Models the official Mother Agent to tomorrow's fashion stars.



For nearly a decade, our sister company, the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator, better known as (DE-FI) has been the premier fashion incubator in the United State, having helped develop and launch the careers of over a thousand models, designers, and more. Model alum from (DE-FI)'s Model Incubator have gone on to walk in Fashion Weeks in Milan, New York, and Paris for designers such as Versace, Kayne West, Saint Jesus, Saral Zens and more. They've appeared in campaigns for Kohl's, Micheal Kors, ASOS, When Smoke Clears, Nike, GNC, Marc Jacobs, Nine West, and more. They’ve been profiled in InStyle and Vogue Magazines, and have appeared in national commercials, prime time tv, and film. Located inside of the House of (DE-FI)ance: A Fashion & Design Co-working Experience at the Dayton Mall. We are a boutique modeling agency located in Dayton, OH dedicated to scouting, developing, booking and placing models around the globe, making (DE-FI) Models the official Mother Agent to tomorrow's fashion stars.

As the (DE-FI) Brand is transitioning under the (DE-FI) Global INC umbrella to establish itself as a global leader in events, media, and fashion the need for restructuring and prioritizing services also took place. After years of witnessing the models from their Model Incubator go on to do some amazing things in fashion, (DE-FI) Models was born in December 2021 and on March 26th, 2022 we signed our first models. In continuing the inclusive spirit of the Dayton Emerging Fashion Incubator, (DE-FI) Models celebrates beauty in all forms and is open to everyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexuality, gender identification, height, weight, and size.

What sets (DE-FI) Models apart from other modeling agencies in Ohio is the fact that we are a boutique agency this is significant for new and aspiring models because nearly every agency in Ohio accepts every model that submits or attends an open call in order to collect "legitimate" fees to cover their overhead expenses. This is an unfair and unethical practice because these agencies prey on the dreams of their models by only signing them, not because they believe in their potential to become a model but to collect a legitimate fees such as a website fee in order to line their pockets and pay their bills. Website fees are paid by the model to be featured on the agencies site, this is the only fee an agency should be charging you. Models signed to these "Cattle call" agencies rarely, if ever get one-on-one time with their agent, which means that these models are not being developed, which also means that these models are not being book or placed into larger markets essentially wasting the models time because they are locked into a contract. In contrast, at our first Open Call, out of the 40+ models who attended, only 14 received callbacks, and 7 were signed. Our goal is not to collect legitimate fees, our goal is to provided legitimate opportunities, fully develop our models, and ensure that we are accessible to them in this "here today, gone today" industry.