Chris Brown Lands Modeling Contract

Chris Brown attends the Chris Brown & Qubeey Launch Party on October 20, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  Maury Phillips/

Chris Brown is ready for his close-up!

The controversial "Turn Up the Music" singer, 23, has landed a modeling contract with Wilhelmina, WWD reported Nov. 15. Joining the agency's artist management division, Brown will work with Wilhelmina in hopes of landing new fashion and beauty endorsements.

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"Art and style has always played a significant role in my life — it's evolved with me throughout my career," Brown said in a statement of his new gig.

Three years after assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna, Brown — who made waves when dressing as a terrorist for Halloween — is considered a marketable brand by his new employers. "Chris Brown is a . . . multifaceted artist with a unique take on style, and we are excited to translate and extend his brand," Taylor Hendrich, the director of Wilhelmina Men, told WWD of the agency's newest client.

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For his part, Brown does not feel the need to continue to apologize for his past behavior. "I can't hate people for making judgment on me or making a decision of liking me or not liking me," he told MTV during a This Is How I Made It interview earlier this month. "All I can do is try to be better as aperson, and I'm good with knowing everything isn't always going to be perfect."

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Brown joins the ranks of Wilhelmina's other celebrity clients, including Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield and Keri Hilson.

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