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The Barbizon era of the 1920's marked the influx of women into the workforce as men went off to war. Women flocked to the Barbizon in New York City in hopes of being accepted to the prestigious agency, later referred to as the sorority on E. 63rd Street. The Barbizon attracted the single, stylish, and thoroughly modern beauties pouring into New York during the Jazz Age to chase their dreams: stardom, independence, a husband.

In the late 30s early 40s, Conde Nast published Glamour, Vogue, Vanity Fair amongst other fashion magazines which created a need for photogenic models and ignited the Mad Men period. From there the world famous Barbizon Agency was born in 1939 on Fifth Avenue in New York City. From the beginning, the Barbizon existed as a combined charm school, model agency and dormitory- possessing "the greatest concentration of beauty east of Hollywood."

Notably the first and original fashion modeling agency in the world and a recognized part of the women's movement, Barbizon has been in forefront of the industry for over 70 years. Since its opening in 1939 by fashion model Helen Fraiser in New York City, the agency has been the industry leader in placing Woman, Men, Kids and Teens all over the world. Today as Agency 1939, the agency is always scouting for undiscovered models and talent to turn into successful professionals in the industry. Committed to quality, Agency 1939 has maintained a solid reputation in the fashion, beauty and entertainment industry.




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