Karen Lee Grybowski


To empower, strengthen, and educate young women and men in all aspects of their professional lives relating to Health, Beauty and Fashion!
Karen Lee’s expert eye for top models, combined with her extraordinary knowledge of the modeling business has provided her with the unique ability to discover that great new face. By traveling the world in search of young women and men who possess the special qualities necessary to be successful in the modeling business, Karen has been instrumental in discovering, developing, and promoting many of the top models in the industry today.
Her scouting for models for Wilhelmina, Pauline’s and Elite Model Management has given Karen the opportunity to discover great talent, but most importantly to empower young models by helping them develop a sense of health, wellness, style and confidence.
After receiving a Master’s Degree in Education, Karen combined her background of modeling in New York City’s Top Showrooms, and being the director of health and fitness for “Camp Model” to eventually travel the globe in search of international fashion models.
Karen Lee was a major collaborator in the production of Elite Model Look, a premier worldwide model search that launched the careers of Cindy Crawford, Alessandra Ambrosio and Gisele Bündchen. She was also influential in bringing Carolyn Murphy and Oluchi Onewegba to Elite Model Management at the onset of their careers.
In 2009, Karen decided to pursue her career independently and founded Karen Lee Group, a New York City based Scouting, and Consulting Company for Models.
Karen Lee, International Model Scout has placed her models at top agencies worldwide! Karen also shares her in-depth knowledge of the modeling industry by coaching young women and men at KLG Modeling Workshops in New York City and at various contests, model searches, and seminars throughout the world. Karen supervises the elite model house, has been a guest judge on Tyra Bank’s “America’s Next Top Model”, is a Casting Director in New York City, and is a certified yoga teacher.

Besides being one of the best scouts in the business and instrumental in finding many of today’s top Stars, Karen Lee understands the needs of a model and truly cares about their well-being.

John Casablancas


Founder of Elite
CEO of Joy Star System