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Watch: Elsa Hosk and Lisa Benson from IMG on What Makes a Successful Model [theFashionDish]

So how exactly does one become an IMG model? If you’re Elsa Hosk, you just send your photos in and are accepted to three agencies. But for most, it’s not just about how you look; Senior Manager at IMG Lisa Benson says passion and personality are just as important. Find out what else our expert panel thinks makes a successful model in our latest edition of theFashionDish.

Previously on theFashionDish: The Most Memorable Fashion Shows Ever

On the final evening of New York Fashion Week Spring 2015, we brought together seven fashion industry experts for dinner, drinks and raucous conversation for our second season of theFashionDish.

About theFashionDish experts:

  • Robert Verdi – Celebrity stylist, television personality and second-time theFashionDish panelist.
  • J Alexander (aka Miss J) – Television personality, Teen Choice Award-­winning author and runway coach on America’s Next Top Model.
  • Phillip Bloch – Designer, author, former model and Hollywood’s premier stylist.
  • Elsa Hosk – Victoria’s Secret Angel and IMG supermodel.
  • Lisa Benson – Senior manager at IMG Models, responsible for the careers of Lily Aldridge, Chrissy Teigen, Chanel Iman and more.
  • Jaclyn Jones – Senior womenswear editor for WGSN, the leading global trend forecaster and second-time theFashionDish panelist.
  • Teri Agins – Acclaimed fashion writer, The Wall Street Journal columnist (“Ask Teri”) and author of The End of Fashion and the recently ­released Hijacking the Runway.

Julie Bensman, theFashionSpot’s editor-at-large, moderated the discussion, which was filmed at The Lion in New York City, September 2014.