Managing Partner Michael Wildes is proud to announce the approval of the petition filed on behalf of The Industry Model Management to secure O-1 classification for international fashion model Marcela Braga.

The Industry Model Management is a high-end boutique women’s agency, with Headquarters located in the Iconic Pier59 Studios at Chelsea Piers in NYC in addition to their offices in LA. Owned by Federico Pignatelli della Leonessa, and under the management of Executive Vice President Erin Lucas The Industry Model Management is part of the Art & Fashion Group Company, which includes the iconic Pier59 Studios which boasts the highest caliber of international fashion and advertising clients in the world. With the ability to call on strong and distinctive relationships within the fashion community, The Industry Model Mgmt has an exceptional edge over other model and talent agencies. Their impressive roster of models includes Youn Bomi, Une Jonynaite, J-Moon, Mahany Pery, Joony Kim, Diya Prabhakar, Giulia Theller, Lindsay Lullman, Mahany Pery, Mia Brammer, Michi Dane, and Natalya Piro.

Hailing from Brazil, Marcela Braga is multi-dimensional model who excels in a variety of mediums and has been represented by some of the most recognized agencies such as Scouting One, Elite Models and Modelwerk Management. Throughout Ms. Braga’s illustrious career in the modeling industry, she has served in the key role of Lead Model for distinguished companies and productions such as Cato, Montce Swim, Soma, Chico’s, Venus, Adriana Degreas, Onda de Mar, Figleaves, Bubbleroom and Tart.


In order to qualify for an O-1 visa, which allows individuals of extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, athletics, education or business to live and work in the United States, a foreign national must provide adequate documentation to demonstrate that he/she has sustained national or international acclaim in their field.

In addition, the individual must provide substantial evidence to prove that he/she meets three of the evidence categories defined by statute, as well as a written advisory opinion from a labor union or relevant peer group. The O-1 visa applicant must also show that he/she has an offer of employment in the United States to work in his/her field of expertise (or several offers of employment from multiple sources, along with a third-party Agent to petition on the individual’s behalf and connect him/her to the multiple employers).

For more than fifty eight years, the firm of Wildes & Weinberg has concentrated its practice in all aspects of U.S. immigration and nationality law, servicing the immigration requirements of prominent American and International individuals and corporations, banks, industrial, financial and manufacturing concerns, and law firms in connection with the personnel needs of their foreign national employees.  In addition, the firm has a distinguished clientele and has done substantial immigration work for investors, scientists, physicians, bankers, performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors, athletes, fine artists, art dealers, curators, musicians, and literary agents.

For more information on the O-1 visa category, please visit our Immigration 101 page or contact Michael Wildes at


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