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James Tinnelly

Women Management agent James Tinnelly is privileged to represent such success stories as Fei Fei Sun, Jourdan Dunn, Iselin Steiro, Behati Prinsloo, Natasha Poly, Anna Ewers, Isabeli Fontana, Mariacarla Boscono, Julia Stegner, Vanessa Moody, and Carmen Kass. Tinnelly believes his success, and Women's success, is due to "Management, knowledge, teamwork, persistence, hunger, creativity, a sense of humor, kindness, and common sense." 

Tinnelly credits his industry-leading approach, however, to his time working with Paul Rowland and John Gnerre, the founders of Women. "Paul and John taught me the importance of knowing your references, the necessity of anticipating challenges before they happen, and the humility to recognize that management includes the grunt work of sweeping the floor after a hair trim." Prior to Women, Tinnelly worked with Paul Rowland at Supreme. 

Born in The Bronx, while in High School Tinnelly studied photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology as part of their "Summer Live" Program, taking pictures, developing film and printing in the dark room. This passion for photography continued in his college years, when he studied Advertising & Fashion Marketing at FIT in New York City, taking several photography electives so he would have access to the darkroom. While attending university he interned and eventually worked part-time in the art department at Next Models. An agent he worked with at Next later introduced him to Paul Rowland and he has been with the same company for almost thirteen years. "I think being a Boy Scout has really helped me in this business as their motto is: 'Be Prepared,' which means you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your duty, which is especially significant when you're responsible for young women." 

"Having been raised by a strong woman and having two younger sisters, I am honored to work for a company called WOMEN. I treat each individual talent arriving in NYC as I would want my sisters to be treated if they were working abroad. I always refer to my clients as women, not girls. Modeling is one of the only businesses where women consistently earn more money than men. I am so proud of each and every model I represent. It's so rewarding seeing them evolve from teenagers to business women."

Tinnelly has started an analog film portrait project “#WomenWithFilm” that highlights the Women using instant and 35mm film. His tools are Polaroid cameras, an Epson scanner, and the available sunlight in NYC. "The process of shooting portraits is so psychological. Polaroid film is the best medium, both myself and the subject wait together for the image to develop, making it a true collaboration."

To follow along with his project, check out @James.Tinnelly on Instagram.

Recent Blog Posts By James Tinnelly

The Beauty Behind the Met Gala

By James Tinnelly May 10, 2018
Eight years ago, top model Fei Fei Sun and I started working together. Our collaboration has been the highlight of my career as a model manager this...

Polaroid In-Depth: James Tinnelly

By James Tinnelly Feb 18, 2018
We sat down with James Tinnelly, a talent mananger at Women Management. James takes Polaroid portraits of each of the models that he represents. The...