About Trudi Tapscott
Trudi Tapscott is well known for her multi layered experience in model development and management. If you are reading this, YOU may know her from YouTube. Some would say she is a legend in the modeling industry. She spent five years as American Vogue's Booking Editor. She recruited the teams that made editorials come to life. She picked the models that would collect some of the most lucrative campaigns and editorial in the business.
It was Tapscott's reputation for spotting potential that brought her to Vogue in the first place. Prior to taking the position as Booking Editor she had been a founding member of Model Search America—one of the world's largest model scouting firms at the time. Before that she spent seven years scouting for Elite. "That's what makes our profession so interesting; the layers of experience that people bring to it,” says Tapscott. Vogue, of course, added additional layers to what was already a very deep understanding of the business.
"It's an amazing opportunity to work with a powerful woman such as Anna Wintour (Vogue's Editor in Chief), or to be so instrumental in the development of Karolina Kurkova, as well as many other models in Vogue at that time. It was an honor to help amazing models cultivate a relationship with the most powerful fashion magazine and brand. I gained tremendous experience at Vogue,” says Tapscott.
It's said that Tapscott recognized Kurkova’s potential immediately for Vogue and Kurkova would grace the cover of the February 2001 issue. The story was highlighted in “Models: The Real Skinny” on the A&E network.
Tapscott was a model manager at New York's DNA Models where she was part of the team which guided some of the most iconic careers in the business, like those of Magdalena Frackowiak, Edita Vilkeviciute, Doutzen Kroes, Elise Crombez, and yes, Karolina Kurkova, to name a few. To this day, DNA Models is known for their top management of the models who call it home.
She launched The Model Coaches in 2018, based in New York City, a scouting, development, coaching and management company. Using her access to introduce her clients to agencies all over the world.
Trudi has always been at ease with hopeful young models and their parents. Now she has the opportunity to share her skills. "You’re not good because you’re pretty. You’re good because you're good at being pretty as a model. That is an important distinction, and it separates mediocre models from amazing ones. The more practice, education and effort you give before you get to the big leagues the better prepared you'll be,” says Tapscott.