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I had assumed any serious person connected to the modeling industry would plant themselves in a fashion mecca like New York or Los Angeles.
Instead, the Clarkes, who are married, operate out of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, a small town about 40 minutes west of St. Their annual scouting trips center on Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Inthey saw a year-old named Karlie Kloss at a charity fashion show in St. A few years later, they spotted a year-old anime fan, Grace Hartzel, at a St. Louis Cheesecake Factory. Last year, Hartzel opened and closed a Yves Saint Laurent show. Inshe was at a bar near the University of Iowa when she approached a biochemical engineering student named Chris Kutcher and convinced him to give modeling a shot.
He would end up using his middle name, Ashton, professionally.
So why has flyover country been so fruitful for the Clarkes? It boils down to two secret ingredients of the modeling business: plenty of height, and just the right amount of competition. The fashion world has become more open to models of different sizes and ethnicities in recent years, but it still clings to one, unshakable standard: You have to be tall.
One theory, which Clarke heard from a fellow scout, is that the Midwest is home to a disproportionate of people whose ancestors were the vertically gifted Northern Europeans. Florida seems to be another model incubator. I welcome armchair hypotheses about that one. The Swedish and Norwegian immigrants who came to the U. Countries like Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Denmark have minted some of the tallest people in the world for centuries.
According to the census31 percent of Scandinavian-Americans live in the Midwest, though even greater s live in western states. The Midwest is, however, home to the largest percentage of Americans whose ancestors were Dutch, another famously lanky people. Or, depending on the arrangement, they might earn a percentage of each job the model books.
Larger cities are already too crammed with scouts. The types of youths the Clarkes would consider recruiting from the sidewalks of New York or Los Angeles are likely already modeling—or have considered and decided against it.
Scouts are everywhere, flocking to remote corners of South AmericaKenyaand Siberia in search of tall, thin people. Popular Latest. The Atlantic Crossword.
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