July 2020

Lisa Benson | Episode 45

Shownotes, Quotes, Shop + Listen To the Podcast Featuring Vice President At IMG Models Lisa Benson

A Career To Covet. Lisa Benson has a job many would want. The kind of job that begs the question “how did you get to do this?” As a Vice President at IMG Models, she’s a woman responsible for the fruitful careers of many, including supermodels Chrissy Teigen, Lily Aldridge, Chanel Iman, Hilary Rhoda, and more. She enjoys building her models into brands, and appreciates when they come to her with a holistic approach to the job. Lisa’s story is inspiring, and it’s a story of how dedication, loyalty, passion and hard work can get you very far. She started her career at IMG as receptionist, mastering the company’s buzzing switchboard, where every call was an important one, before being promoted to (now, company President) Ivan Bart’s assistant---a job she was simply determined to have. Lisa combines creativity, a business instinct, and a generous 24-7 approach to her work. She knows she’s able to do it well if she’s truly there for the models she represents, and many of them count her as not a trusted source that will help develop their career, but as a friend. We get into all the details of the work that she does, and her scrappy entry into the business. We discuss the skills needed, how she manages the innate pressure her job will bring, how social media plays a huge part in a model’s career, dealing with difficult people, diversity in the industry, the industry’s most sought-after jobs, her own favorite deals to work on, and how her industry will change for the future. We finish with the big question: what she’s looking forward to in the future. And of course we tapped her for a lightning round of favorites, including what she’s watching and reading.

"This is an industry where you do have to be passionate about what you do because there's so much creativity with it and you really have to want it." - Lisa Benson

"I love working with such creative minds --- the photographers, editors, and hair and makeup glam stylists, everyone. I love being inspired and the passion that's in fashion, I just love it. And I really like working with talent and creating a dream for them in a mood board and watching it come to life is so exciting." - Lisa Benson


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