NEW YORK, Jan. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wilhelmina Models, one of the most prominent talent and model management agencies in the world, is thrilled to announce its newest talent, Shawn Mendes. The multi-talented Island Records recording artist will join a roster which includes artists and models such as Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Armando Cabral, RJ King, Marlon Teixeira, Francisco Lachowski, R.J. Mitte, Cindy Bruna, Alexandra Richards, Robyn Lawley, Soo Joo Park and Sydney Sierota, just to name a few.
A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/648c1c10-2bd8-464d-80a9-101427842dbc. Wilhelmina Models will aim to raise Shawn's brand and profile by securing modelling, endorsement, and product deals in the fashion arena, including seeking out editorial opportunities. "We are pleased to announce Wilhelmina's representation of such an incredible artist like Shawn," says Alex Vaickus, CEO of Wilhelmina. "Shawn is an infectious and talented performer, and we are confident his career in the modeling industry will be as exciting and accomplished. We look forward to the journey of working closely with him and the team to build the Shawn Mendes brand." Shawn has emerged from teen viral sensation to mainstream best-selling status almost overnight after being discovered by artist manager Andrew Gertler and introduced to now-label Island Records. His debut single, "Life Of The Party" broke records, topping the iTunes Charts and selling over 150,000 copies in its first week. Then in April 2015, Shawn released his debut album Handwritten, which debuted #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and includes the triple platinum and #1 pop radio hit "Stitches". He recently released Handwritten Revisited, a repack of the original album featuring the new single "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (a duet with Camila Cabello) that's fast climbing up the charts. "I'm so excited to be working with Wilhelmina," says Mendes. "I can't wait for everyone to see what we have planned for this year!" "In aligning with Wilhelmina, we are excited to add some amazing new members to our team who will help us expand Shawn's brand and make the coming year even bigger than the last," comments manager, Andrew Gertler. "In addition to his incredible musical talent, t he Wilhelmina celebrity men's team believes that Shawn has everything it takes to become an astounding fashion symbol that will resonate throughout the industry," states Taylor Hendrich, Director of the Men's Boards 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.