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Omar Albertto – Agent All Star

Omar Albertto – Agent All Star

Omar broke through the glass ceilings for male models 25 years ago when he opened his own agency in Los Angeles and called it Omar’s Men. He has a natural eye for talent, and had picked up the tricks of the trade experience as a model himself in the mid-70s on the catwalks of Paris and Milan. This tall, lean, impeccably dressed Panamanian recruited men with personality and presence like Djimon Honsou, Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Tyrese, who moved into movies and the recording industry. In demand from master photographers such as Bruce Weber, Mario Testino, and the late Herb Ritts, Omar has expanded his stable to include new faces like Austin Colt, Chase Mowen and Jose Laguna. Omar has maintained an incredible relationship with editorial magazines like GQ, Esquire, i-D, V Magazine and L’Uomo Vogue and clients like Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Versace, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana. In 2013 he launches his first exec produce film “Things Never Said” as well as several TV projects under his JustOmar Brand.
Source: https://www.fashion.net/omar-albertto

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There is no one cooler than Omar. His deep, raspy
voice, with an accent not easily
identified, emanates from his office as he juggles
three phones, shoots off emails, and
rattles out names of the new faces that his booking
agents just have to see. Omar moves
as if he’s listening to the syncopated rhythms of a
salsa song—smooth, suave, and spicy.
All the while, models traipse in and out of his off
ice so Omar can send them off to the
next shoot, approve their photos, or simply hang ou
t with them. And it’s all done with
Omar’s world-class smile. Omar is in the image-mak
ing business, and make images he
does.
A 25-year veteran of the fashion and modeling indus
tries, the charismatic Panamanian
began his journey in 1978 on the catwalks of Paris
and Milan. In 1987 he opened his
own agency, Omar’s Men, in Los Angeles to provide g
reat-looking men with the same
superstar status accorded to the female model; his
concept took off and he soon operated
a bicoastal business. In 2003 Omar joined Warning M
odel Management forming a
strategic alliance with its rapidly growing talent
division, Warning Talent.
Omar single-handedly changed the face of male model
ing by disregarding the cookie-
cutter images of men and replacing them with a new
realism. Tapping into the interests
of American women, Omar was on to something. “Wome
n don’t want blond-haired,
blue-eyed Ken dolls,” insists Omar. “My boys can h
ave big ears, big noses and crooked
teeth. What counts is personality and presence.”
In its first two years, Omar’s men
snatched up more than 60 percent of the business.
Among the many careers Omar has advised are those o
f Djimon Houson, Antonio
Sabato, Jr., Billy Baldwin, Rupert Everett, and Tyr
ese, all of whom have transitioned to
lucrative careers as performers. His “boys” have g
raced the pages of every top fashion
magazine around the world including
GQ
,
L’Uomo Vogue
, and
Arena Magazine
.
Omar has produced talent for the world’s top fashio
n and commercial photographers,
including Bruce Weber, with whom he most recently w
orked on a groundbreaking six-
page spread for
W Magazine
featuring soccer star Landon Donovan, and also Mic
hael
Compte, who employed Omar in a Banana Republic Camp
aign. Designers Omar has
worked with include Burbury, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, a
nd Dolce & Gabbana to name a
few.
“Omar’s eye is uncanny,” says photographer Mario Te
stino who collaborated with Omar
on assignments for
Vogue
and designers Dolce & Gabbana. “He never misses.
He never
steers me wrong.”
Before opening Omar’s Men, Omar modeled throughout
Europe under L’Image Di
Ricardo Guy in Milan and in the U.S. under Elite Mo
del Management in New York. He
jumped behind the scenes in 1980 when he became an
agent at L’Image before moving
on to East/West Models and then It Models. Eventua
lly, Omar created Omar’s
Incorporated for Men and Women, which he merged wit
h Prima Models to create United
Prima Omar’s (UPO). UPO later became Q Models, a p
ublicly traded company.
Omar truly understands the beauty of diversity. He
was born and raised in Panama by his
Spanish father of Brazilian and Bermudan descent an
d a Jewish-Ethiopian mother. The
youngest of three sons, Omar found success as a com
petitive swimmer before enduring
eighteen months of military academy in Caracas. He
studied at the Colegio de La Salle
in Panama, Costa Rica, and Venezuela, and then at t
he Instituto Nacional De Artes in
Barcelona. At 20, Omar enrolled in a two-year prog
ram at Laboratory Institute of
Merchandise, a private college specializing in fash
ion buying and merchandising, but he
truly rounded out his education in fashion at the f
amed Studio 54.
When he’s not catapulting the careers of fresh tale
nt, this tattooed, Latin, sharply dressed,
family man can be found playing the bongos or shoot
ing hoops with his two sons,
Alesandro, and Kuria, who was adopted from Kenya in
2005.

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