founded in 2018

by Vanessa Lawson

Porte Model and Talent Management Agency is a young, hungry company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. PMTMA is focused on inclusion and diversity. Our primary purpose being to fill a gap in the entertainment industry while fostering fundamental growth in the newest and freshest faces of Twin Cities talent.

Porte Agency was founded in December of 2018 by Vanessa Lawson. She started this agency after witnessing the struggles some of her models she used from her clothing brand were facing. The lack of representation for models who didn’t fit within the social construct of the industry compelled her to embark on the journey to aid in helping others chase their dreams. Her goal was simple — to challenge the status quo by curating a diverse model and talent roster.

Embracing all backgrounds, creeds, beliefs and people, Porte’s mission is to redefine the standard of beauty. PMTMA not only manages talent but also aims to educate aspiring talent and models, while developing their skills beyond what they thought possible.

Porte Agency also has an in-house production team that develops creative content for advertising and marketing purposes for local businesses. Like the people we represent, Porte is dedicated, eager and inspired to go further everyday.

CEO | Founder

Vanessa Lawson

Public Relations

Denise Garsinii

Branding and Marketing Strategist

Clarke Sanders

Website | Digital Designer

Travon Sellers

Hair | Makeup Artist

Taya Dyakulich

Hair | Makeup Artist

Lisa Nghiem

Photographer | Videographer

Jabari Holloman

Financial Advisor

Edwin Young


Lamar Ballinger


Mitchell Piepho

Model Scout

Cait Doty

Photographer | Videographer

Steffen Sharikov

Runway Coach

Vanessa Berrueta


Ella Cochrane

Hair | Makeup Artist

Diamond Jay

Photographer | Videographer

Seth Aryee


Joshua Filmalter


Jalyn Rose

Music Producer | Photographer

Marqueze Parker (Right)


Brooke Lynn

Photographer | Stylist | Makeup Artist

Amy Le


Padee Vang


Akama Paul


Josh Lemonade

Join the Team

We are always looking to add more talented artists onto our team. Please either email us a link to your online portfolio or submit the form below!