Tackling the fashion world is no easy feat — especially in a relatively small market like Oklahoma. It takes a lot of charisma, dedication, hard work and passion to open a fashion academy, especially outside major metropolises such as New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas. Locals Karen Snyder and Ragan Butler, both veterans of the fashion and
entertainment worlds, took a leap of faith nearly six months ago and opened A-List Fashion Academy in Oklahoma City. Little did they know that their big break would come from Edmond before they even opened the academy’s doors.
Fifteen-year-old Ellen Taylor is a 5’10″ natural blonde, blue-eyed Edmond North student who loves to strut her stuff in all things pink and frilly. But modeling had never really crossed her mind until her grandmother took notice of her statuesque build and suggested she give it a try.
Weeks away from opening, A-List Fashion Academy got their first knock on the door. “Ellen and her grandmother actually showed up on our doorstep while we were in the middle of redecorating,” Snyder said. Taylor was inexperienced with walking in heels and A-List figured they had a long road ahead. But she