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April 7, 2014

Models work to make Oklahoma fashion-forward

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin kicked off Oklahoma Fashion Week with a pronouncement. While at Mercedes-Benz of Oklahoma City, she let it be known that that state has arrived in the world of fashion.

When Fallin made this announcement, she was surrounded by several models from across Oklahoma, who hope to show that modeling talent exists outside of L.A. and New York.

“For so long, Oklahoma was overlooked,” Edmond’s Latoya Robinson said.

“It was thought of definitely not being a place for fashion. I can definitely see the growth. I see what’s happening here.

Oklahoma is the new

Hollywood. It’s a new day. The opportunities are here. The designers are coming here. The spotlight is on Oklahoma right now.”

Robinson, who is with the Brink Models, may have overstated the progress, but it does go to show just how excited local models are about what is taking place in their home state.

Tyler Edward Hamilton, 25, used to be a physical therapist at Norman Regional Hospital before moving on to Kindred Hospital. His modeling career came out of the blue when a photographer asked him he wanted to get into the business. Since that day he’s been working toward building career and hasn’t had to leave the state to make it happen.

“When you think of Oklahoma, you don’t necessarily think of a fashion Mecca,” said Hamilton, who is with Tabb Models. “Honestly, I didn’t think there were any professional agencies here in Oklahoma. I knew there was some commercial stuff, but nothing that was fashion-orientated. When I found out that was a niche that Oklahoma was really getting into and get a little more fashion forward, I decided to poke my head in there. I’ve been nothing but successful since I stepped in.”

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