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Sonny B. James, Jr.

A Message to Aspiring Models from IM2 Founder, Sonny B. James, Jr.

Major changes have come to Illusion Model Management (aka “IM2”). I’m looking for men, women, boys and girls of all ages and ethnicities with a true desire to learn the skills, techniques and business of modeling, who are willing to work extremely hard to make their dream of modeling come true. There are no signing or representation fees, no contract is involved and no long-term commitment is expected. There is a $30 non-refundable fee to participate in group training sessions held in Houston, TX ($65 outside of Houston, $90 outside the state of Texas), or a $60 non-refundable fee for a private, individual training session (currently available in Houston, TX only). Models who’ve demonstrated an exceptional work ethic, continuous improvement, and an ability to work well with others are welcome to work with me indefinitely on any IM2 or client-related job opportunities. PLEASE NOTE: Modeling jobs are NOT guaranteed regardless of how well-trained or skilled a model is. Modeling opportunities with IM2 are provided according to a model’s suitability for the job or client, commitment to training, and level of professionalism and maturity. If you want to work with me and start your training, register now for a training session.

Register for a Model Training Session

I have a proven track record of getting models PAID jobs, portfolios with great images, great training and mentoring, quality exposure, fair modeling opportunities, as well as being someone you can trust and has your best interests at heart. My main goal is and will always be to see models live their dreams without limits. I also teach models how to avoid the many mistakes that most models make resulting from misinformation provided by “agencies” and agents with ulterior motives unrelated to modeling.

In an industry notorious for harboring unscrupulous individuals and “agencies”, I’m extremely proud to have established a stellar reputation for both my agency and myself as an agent, trainer and mentor. Having been in business for nearly a decade, I’ve worked with hundreds of models and I’m proud to say that nowhere will you find my agency listed or referred to as a “scam” (feel free to Google “Illusion Model Management scam”, then Google “OTHER AGENCY NAME scam” to compare). Not an easy feat to accomplish in this industry.

Illusion Model Management is unlike any other modeling agency. I only train and work with a select team of models and, to ensure my clients receive only the highest-quality modeling talent, only IM2-trained models are booked for my clients’ fashion shows, photo shoots and other special events. I personally interview every aspiring model interested in joining my team, and only those demonstrating the most promising talent and desire to work hard are invited to join.

I’ve always stressed with proper training, fairness between models and business owners, along with community support, the Houston fashion industry could be at the top of the game because we definitely have the talent here. I look forward to working with as many models willing to take me serious and want to learn. Let’s do it together.

Sonny B. James, Jr.
(713) 828-5699

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Illusion Model Management models are well-trained, highly-skilled models specializing in runway, print, promotional, and fitness modeling. Need models for other projects or special events? We can help you. Book an IM2 model today! (Photography by Sonny B. James, Jr.)


Fashion Shows

Whether it’s a fashion presentation or entertainment for your special event, we can produce the best fashion show for your occasion. Check out our recent fashion shows. To hire IM2 Models to produce your fashion show, call Sonny at (713) 828-5699 or email me.

“IM2 Fall 2016 Fashion Show”

Exceprts from Illusion Model Management’s “Fall 2106 Fashion Show” in Houston, TX.

“Queen’s Attic Boutique – OKC 1st Annual Fashion Show”

Exceprts from the “1st Annual Fashion Show” for Queen’s Attic Boutique – OKC in Oklahoma City, OK.

“Queen’s Attic Boutique Spring 2016 Fashion Party”

Exceprts from the “Spring 2016 Fashion Party” for Queen’s Attic Boutique in LaMarque, TX.

“Summer 2015 Fashion Party”

Exceprts from our “Summer 2015 Fashion Party” at Exclusive Dance Studio in Houston, TX.

“Fall 2014 Fashion Event”

Exceprts from our “Fall 2014 Fashion Event” at The Power Center in Houston, TX.

“Fall 2013 Fashion Event”

Excerpts from our March 23, 2013 event “FASHION! The Spring 2013 Runway Show” at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, TX.

Visit the Illusion Model Management channel on YouTube or Vimeo to view more of our fashion shows.


Special Appearances

For LAMIK Beauty on Great Day Houston
For Dwight Woodbury Designs on Great Day Houston

Become a Model

Do people tell you that you look like a model? Have you always fantasized about being a model? Think you have what it takes to be a model? If you feel you have what it takes to become an Illusion model, we want to meet you. We work with male and female models of all ethnicities. Previous modeling experience not required.

Basic Requirements

  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Minimum Height (for runway models): 5 ft. 6 in. (w/o high heel shoes on)
  • Thin: Dress size 0-4
  • Plus-Size: Dress size 6-12
  • Full-Figured: Dress size 14-22
  • Minimum Age: 15
  • Minimum Height (for runway models): 5 ft. 10 in.
  • Maximum Waist Size: 36
  • Minimum Age: 7
  • Outgoing personality…not shy.

Sumbit Your Photos

  • One (1) headshot
  • One (1) head-to-toe full-body shot, in form-fitting clothing
  • For models with long hair, please photograph with hair pulled back off of face into a ponytail or clipped up into a bun
  • Include your phone number with your submission

PLEASE E-MAIL ONLY ONE OF EACH TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPH to Do not submit ANY nude photos. Professional photographs are appreciated, but not required. Simple snapshots will suffice, even clear, good quality cameraphone photos. Since we want to see a natural you, no make-up is needed. Once we have received your photos, they will be reviewed and, if selected, you will receive an invitation to meet with us for an interview and evaluation. All model interviews are by appointment only.

Models under 18 years of age must be accompanied to open calls/interviews by parent/legal guardians. No exceptions. GOOD LUCK!

Runway Coaching

Need models trained for an upcoming fashion show? Are you a model who needs to learn or fine tune your runway walk? Contact Sonny for private one-on-one or group runway coaching locally in Houston, TX or in your city.


“A Twist on Hats”
Great Day Houston – KHOU Channel 11
July 25, 2014

“Race and the Runway: Does Houston Have a Problem?”
The Houston Press
October 14, 2013

“Illusion Model Management Spring Runway Show Saturday at Air Terminal Museum”
The Pasadena Citizen
March 14, 2013

“Woman Take Stores On The Road” Local Channel 2
January 13, 2013

“Stiletto Steppin’ Van Coming to a Street Near You”
NewsFix Houston for KIAH-TV (CW39 Houston)
September 11, 2012

“Beauty is More Than an Illusion”
August 8, 2012


Illusion Model Management has successfully provided talent and service to businesses and individuals who’ve sought unique and creative ways to promote their business. From advertising projects and promotional events, to in-store fashion shows and TV appearances, we’ve demonstrated the ability to deliver high-quality and professional work, exceeding the expectations of our clients. Check out the list of services we provide, then hire Illusion Model Management for your next project.

  • Staffing for promotional event/conventions
  • Trunk shows
  • Look book photo shoots

Clients & Partners

  • Affordable Sound Productions
  • BC2DR (“Bac2DaRoots”)
  • Banana Republic (Highland Village – Houston, TX)
  • CJ’s Masterpiece
  • The Charnele Brown School of Acting
  • Clifford Johnson for CIEAURA Products
  • Diamond Cut Studio
  • DJ Slim Citi/Local Playaz Entertainment
  • DL Woodbury Designs
  • Econns
  • Events with Darrell
  • Exclusive Taste
  • Faces by Suwuan – Suwuan English, Makeup Artist
  • Fox Den 3D Sports Bar & Grill
  • Golden Divine Touch – Rasheeda Golden, Jewelry Designer
  • Guyz ‘n Style
  • High Heel Junkie
  • J’RIS Accessory Depot
  • K&D Home and Design Studio
  • KSTC – Fashions by Kevin Sandles
  • Keisha Mobley, Hairstylist
  • LJ’s Catering
  • LAMIK Beauty
  • M2M Style Lounge (dba “Fashion Studio Houston”)
  • My Sistas Closet
  • Official Cutz by Webb
  • P-Jai’s Fashion for Modern Men
  • Paul Mitchell – The School
  • Queen’s Attic Boutique – LaMarque, TX
  • Queen’s Attic Boutique – Oklahoma City, OK
  • Sharon Dickerson for the “The Sharon Collection” Jewelry
  • Stiletto Steppin’
  • Tekay Designs
  • Texas Sunshine Tea
  • Trunk Show Mobile Boutique
  • Village Girls Boutique (a.k.a. Rouge Boutique)
  • LeRoy Reed, Jr. for Xtreme Illusions Hair Studio

Hire IM2!

Call IM2 at (713) 828-5699 or email Sonny to hire IM2 to produce your next fashion show or special event or to book models for your upcoming photos shoots, projects, or promotional events.

Sonny B. James, Jr.

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