Helen Elam

Helen E.

Naperville, IL
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Helen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1998

I train and equip young women with the tools to help them gain and maintain self confidence, poise and self esteem. Encouraging personal growth and positive social change. To help young women feel confident and secure in who they are. I have over 20+ years of modeling experience (as a model myself) ranging from photo shoots, hair shows, commercials, movie extras, editorial work and New York Fashion week shows.


Owner of GMI "Girls Making Impact"
Mar 2008 - Present
Private company

I am the owner of my own modeling consulting company called GMI "Girls Making Impact" since 2008.

Modeling School Teacher
Jan 1998 - Jan 2008

I taught hundreds of kids how to walk in fashion shows, basic turns and poses and produced several runway shows. Also etiquette and nutrition.


Aug 2004 - May 2006
Joliet College


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

GMI "Girls making Impact" Intro video
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Our models at New York Fashion Week 2012 with Janice Dickinson.

Teaching a few girls for our fashion show 2018.

Training beginner models for our yearly Fashion Show.

Here is a summary of my modeling and teaching experience....
One of our models

A few of our models.

Photo shoot
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17 Reviews

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Saniyyah Nov 10, 2018
Modeling · In studio

I am a inspiring model and actress and I started working with GMI when I was 11. They taught me so much about being a model how to walk and pose right. They also taught me how to carry myself in auditions be prepared and ready for anything . I have walked in several fashion shows for GMI and I still feel like they are teaching me things .

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Joyia Nov 5, 2018
Modeling · Online

Great experience!

Kiara Nov 5, 2018
Modeling · In studio

Helen has taught me a lot about becoming a lady and being confident in my own skin.

SHEQUELLA Nov 1, 2018
Modeling · In studio


Jay Nov 1, 2018
Modeling · In studio

With working with kids who are asking about modeling I wanted to give them the best answers I can give. Helen's teaching has helped me to give kids that information. Helen Breakdown instructions of basic modeling help me get the idea of what it takes to get started and what you need to know walking in the door. for those who don't have experience she has given you a vision verbally of what needs to happen. she had drawn a picture with her words on how modeling begin and what it takes, she's an awesome teacher and has given valid information that would have cost me thousands of dollars to get it but I got it for the free thanks Helen keep up the good work

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Tracy Nov 1, 2018
Modeling · In studio

Ms. Helen has worked with both my daughters, helping them to become more confident in themselves and become more knowledgeable about the ins and outs of the modeling industry.

Lutece Oct 31, 2018
Modeling · Online

Helen and her team are exceptional coaches for the modeling industry. A great teacher(s) will jumpstart your modeling career.

If I'd known them when I first started modeling my career it would've been twice the size it is now. I chose the right company for my modeling career.

Start with GMI today and you won't regret it!

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Chloe Oct 31, 2018
Modeling · In studio

Working with Helen and GMI was one of the best decisions I made she helped me with building confidence in my makeup skills and she taught me some things that I can take with me when it comes to modeling overall the program is a 10/10

Christal Oct 31, 2018
Modeling · In studio

Talened, Knowledgeable Professional who worked well with my aspiring teenage daughter. Great class lessons! Highly Recommended!

Parris B. Oct 30, 2018
Modeling · In studio

Helen is very friendly and professional. She has first hand experience in the modeling industry so knowledge was very helpful.

Vista Oct 30, 2018
Modeling · In studio

Helen was great with helping my son with his modeling debut. She has a wonderful personality and really put my 6 year old at ease. She was very encouraging and provided great feedback to help him improve on the runway and build his confidence. I would definitely recommend her!

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Jazmin Oct 30, 2018
Modeling · In studio

So nice and compassion for everyone. Very professional and supportive towards me.

Sarina Oct 30, 2018
Modeling · In studio

Expertise is what it's all about here. You won't be disappointed! Very nice, compassionate, and knowledgeable!!

Clyde Oct 30, 2018
Modeling · In studio

Working with Helen is great, she really is a terrific instructor. She is able to openly communicate where you excel and where you could improve on your form, allowing you to really grow and progress your modeling skills. I always find myself correcting girls on their footing both while entering and runway and turning now!

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Laine Oct 30, 2018
Modeling · Online

Helen is the instructor that you want. She goes above and beyond to make sure that her students have what is necessary to succeed with flying colors.

JD Oct 30, 2018
Modeling · In studio

Helen has came out a few times and train models for my show. She has great patience and excellent instructor.

Sevon Oct 30, 2018
Modeling · In studio

Great instructors, very patient and passionate on correctly training models. The classes were extremely fun as well

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