NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wilhelmina Models, one of the most prominent talent and model management agencies in the world, is thrilled to announce its newest talent, Demi Lovato. Signing with the agency on the eve of releasing her fifth studio album (CONFIDENT), the multi-talented singer-songwriter, actress and philanthropist joins an elite roster which includes Sydney Sierota, Robyn Lawley, Danielle Knudsen, Soo Joo Park, Cindy Bruna, Armando Cabral, RJ King as well as Ellar Coltrane and Nick Jonas just to name a few.

Wilhelmina Models will aim to continue raising Demi's already sophisticated profile by securing modeling and endorsement deals in the fashion and beauty arenas, as well as seeking out editorial opportunities. "We are so thrilled to represent such a sophisticated, confident and talented woman, as Demi," says Alex Vaickus, CEO of Wilhelmina Models. "She has proved that she is an accomplished singer and actress, and we look forward to seeing her success within the modeling realm."

"I'm thrilled to sign my first major modeling contract with Wilhelmina," says Lovato. "I'm very excited to see where our work together will go creatively as I enter the next phase of my career and continue to develop as an artist."

The multiplatinum-selling pop superstar released her newest album today and is gearing up for a career-defining performance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. Lovato's new single, "Confident," entered the Top 40 this week as pop radio's most-added song while the album's debut single, this summer's cheeky "Cool for the Summer," hit #1 on iTunes in 37 countries worldwide on its release. In the past three months Lovato has graced the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine to celebrate the iconic women's magazine's 50th anniversary, starred in a daring Complex Magazine cover and bared both body and soul in a revealing, body-positive Vanity Fair photo shoot which remained a social trending topic for days.

"We are very excited to have such a phenomenal musical star with an editorially beautiful image on board with us here at Wilhelmina. Not only is Demi immensely talented, she also has confidence, sophistication, maturity and body positivity that we will use to build her presence in the world of fashion," states Jose Covarrubias, Senior Model Manager at Wilhelmina Models.

About Wilhelmina International Inc. (NASDAQ:WHLM):

Through Wilhelmina Models and its other subsidiaries, including, Wilhelmina Artist Management, Wilhelmina International, Inc. provides traditional, full-service fashion model and talent management services, specializing in the representation and management of leading models, entertainers, artists, athletes and other talent to various customers and clients, including, retailers, designers, advertising agencies and catalogue companies. Wilhelmina Models was founded in 1967 by Wilhelmina Cooper, a renowned fashion model, and is one of the oldest and largest fashion model management companies in the world. Wilhelmina Models is headquartered in New York and, since its founding, has grown to include operations located in Los Angeles, Miami and London, as well as a growing network of licensees comprising leading modelling agencies in various local markets across the U.S as well as in Thailand, Dubai, Vancouver and Tokyo.

About Demi Lovato:

With a fan base that includes over 24 million Instagram followers, 31 million Twitter followers and 37 million Facebook fans, the singer-songwriter, actress and philanthropist released her debut smash single, 'Cool for the Summer' (July 1) off her fifth studio album titled CONFIDENT available world-wide today. Within hours of the summer anthem's launch it trended worldwide and hit #1 on iTunes in 37 countries. To follow, Lovato released her second single, "Confident" which was this week's most-added track at pop radio. Her previous album, Demi, hit #1 on iTunes in over 50 countries and produced platinum singles, "Heart Attack", "Neon Lights" and "Really Don't Care." To celebrate the success of DEMI, Lovato embarked on two sold-out headlining world tours ('Neon Lights Tour' and 'Demi World Tour') as well as countless national TV shows including Good Morning America, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Ellen and more. In addition to her musical accomplishments, the businesswoman and entrepreneur released her New York Times best-seller, Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year and launched her very own skin-care line, DEVONNE By Demi. As an outspoken advocate for causes close to her heart, she remains devoted to giving back and serves as a role model by sharing her personal experiences. In honor of her late father, she launched The Lovato Treatment Scholarship which raises awareness for mental health and addiction issues, while providing funds to those who cannot otherwise afford treatment.
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