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Model Kaylin Williams (Source: Dana Klement Photography)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) — Crystal Williams, owner of Uniquely Created Modeling Agency, wants to give models an opportunity by starting out in a city most people wouldn’t believe screams “Runway.”

“Wilmington is known for film and television,” Williams said. “It’s not really known for launching a very successful modeling career. A lot of models think they have to go to New York…and get scouted by an agent there.”

Williams discovers models across the country. She launched her agency in Wilmington in November 2016 because she lives there.

“I see so much potential in this area,” Williams said. “Being near the beach, we have beautiful people. We have all types of people. It’s a very diverse area, and I just feel like I want to base it in my home and possibly one day, can -maybe Wilmington will be on the map.”

Most of his 20 models are already on the modeling board. Williams connected them with designers like Christian Siriano, Rocky Gathercole, Magnolia Silk and Cesar Galindo.

One of his role models, Kaylin Williams, is also from Wilmington.

Kaylin has modeled at New York Fashion Week and Charleston Fashion Week. She said she likes being represented by a small agency.

“As I grow, so does the agency, so it’s fun and interesting to see how much I and my agency grow,” Kaylin said.

Crystal met Kaylin while she was shopping in the mall with her family.

“Kaylin already looked like a seasoned model because when I saw her I said, ‘I know she’s already signed,’ but she didn’t,” Crystal said. “She was never a professional model, never modeled a day in her life.”

A few weeks later, Kaylin was in New York modeling for Siriano.

Crystal said starting her models in Wilmington allows them to practice in a small town before hopefully getting opportunities in larger markets.

Kaylin said she hopes to one day model in Paris and Milan.

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