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These teens are runway ready

Photo by Emily Sotomayor
Several local teens will model in Wednesday's West Virginia Symphony League fashion show. Among them are (from left) Amelia Edmondson, Caroline Walker and Blaire Rigney, who are all seen here in outfits from Mission Savvy, as well as Taylor Deer, Amber Biel, Olivia Morrison and Frannie Slotnick (in front), who are wearing Collage.
Photo by Emily Sotomayor Taylor Deer of Charleston Catholic, Amber Biel of George Washington and Olivia Morrison of Hurricane High School (seated) strike a pose at Bluegrass Kitchen. All are wearing outfits from Collage.
Photo by Emily Sotomayor Frannie Slotnick of South Charleston High School and Amelia Edmondson of George Washington with Olivia Morrison of Hurricane in the Bluegrass Kitchen dining room. Slotnick and Morrison are in Collage; Edmondson's outfit is from Mission Savvy and her necklace from Collage.
Photo by Emily Sotomayor South Charleston senior Frannie Slotnick and George Washington students Caroline Walker, Blaire Rigney and Amber Biel at Bluegrass Kitchen. Slotnick and Biel are wearing Collage; Walker and Rigney are wearing Mission Savvy.
Photo by Emily Sotomayor Frannie Slotnick, Taylor Deer, Amber Biel and Olivia Morrison
Photo by Emily Sotomayor Taylor Deer, Amber Biel and Olivia Morrison
Photo by Emily Sotomayor Blaire Rigney, Amelia Edmondson and Caroline Walker
Photo by Emily Sotomayor Taylor Deer has her makeup done
Photo by Emily Sotomayor Aesthetician Erica Burdette applies Amber Biel's makeup
Photo by Emily Sotomayor Olivia Morrison
Photo by Emily Sotomayor Taylor Deer
Photo by Emily Sotomayor Reporter Frannie Salisbury of John Adams Middle School talks with Blaire Rigney and Caroline Walker.

Many teenage girls dream of becoming a model, but there are a few high school girls here in Charleston who are living that dream. The West Virginia Symphony League selected eight teens to participate in its annual fashion show on Wednesday.

"Teens are an important part of the fashion show's history," said Crystal Good, co-chair of the show. "Louise Palumbo ran a similar show for years. She chose a select group of girls from the Stone & Thomas teen board to model. We are just continuing the tradition.

"This year we had an open model call, which meant anyone could come try out," she added. "We were looking for inner and outer beauty. They needed to be able to walk the walk and model, but also represent their community well."

The Symphony League has been producing the fashion show for more than 50 years as a benefit for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. This year's theme is "Let the Good Times Roll," and the show takes place at Smith Company Motor Cars

The eight teens selected for the show are George Washington students Amber Biel, 14, a freshman; Amelia Edmondson, 15, a freshman; Blaire Rigney, 18, a senior and Caroline Walker, 18, a senior, as well as Montana Barker, 18, a senior at Clay County High School; Taylor Deer, 18, a senior at Charleston Catholic High School; Olivia Morrison, 16, a junior at Hurricane High School and Frannie Slotnick, 17, a senior at South Charleston High School.

"I like to model and thought this fashion show was a great opportunity," Edmonson said.

In September, Edmondson won Charleston Town Center's Project Style competition and is the face of the mall this year. She has participated in the Goodwill fashion show, too.

Barker has also already done some modeling. Last year, she was chosen as Gladys magazine's Gladys Girl of the Year and is featured on the cover of its current issue.

All the girls had different reasons for trying out. "I thought it was for a good cause, and I just love to be in the spotlight," Deer said.

Slotnick stated, "I watched the show last year and thought it would be fun."

Several of the girls dream of becoming professional models.

"It has always been my dream to become a model," Morrison said.

"Whenever I get out of high school, I'd love to move to New York or Florida to model," said Edmondson, whose mother is a former model.

On March 1, the girls got an early start with their modeling when they attended a photo shoot at Bluegrass Kitchen. (Barker was absent.) They were dressed in attire from the local stores Mission Savvy and Collage and had their makeup done by aesthetician Erica Burdette. They were photographed by Emily Sotomayor, a senior at Charleston Catholic High School.

Tickets to the show are sold out, but you can contact Melissa Marland at 304-925-5017 to be put on a waiting list.


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