Trinity teen has big dreams, mom's support

Published: Feb. 28, 2015 at 8:26 PM CST|Updated: Sep. 26, 2016 at 5:51 PM CDT
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TRINITY, AL (WAFF) - Anyone keeping up with the shows during "fashion Week" in New York might see a familiar face on the runway. 15-year-old Hannah Long is there strutting her stuff and pursuing a model aspiration - a dream that she has followed "for as long as I can remember," she said.

And she has someone in her corner supporting her - her mother.

"I'm very supportive. It's a dream of hers. She's still very focused on her education," said Melanie Ennis.

Melanie said Hannah was "discovered" after some pictures were posted on Instagram by an Atlanta photographer.

"He actually gave us a lot of information because we had no idea how to get into modeling," Melanie said.

Several contacts later, and Hannah signed with a Birmingham agency... and the calls starting coming in, according to Melanie.

"Actually before we got home from Atlanta, he had contacted a friend of his in Atlanta, and they were doing a fashion show the following week," she recalled. "They called us before we even got home, and she went to Atlanta the next week and did... a small fashion show."

And now Hannah has a chance to walk the ultimate catwalk in New York. And one of the big name agencies may be scouting those runways looking to sign the next super model.

Hannah knows this is a big break. "I never thought I would have this opportunity, especially at 15 - I'm going to be one of the youngest ones there," she said. "It's really intimidating, but I'm really excited... nervous, but it's like a good nervous."

So how hard will it be for this Morgan County girl to leave this area, go to Manhattan and let go of Mom's hand? Her mom has mixed emotions.

"It's going to be hard, but it's her dream," Melanie reasons.

Hannah also shares her mom's butterflies.

"I would love to live in New York, but I don't know if I could do it this young without my mom, cause we're attached at the hip," she said.

Mom says there needs to be limits. "I think that before she does something like that, I would want her to finish high school first."

And Hannah has a "second string" to her professional bow.

"I would like to be a supermodel, but I have a backup plan for my education... When I graduate high school I want to go to Alabama and then go to med school because I want to be a dermatologist."

So don't be surprised if you see this Trinity girl sharing a bit of Bobby's Bama in New York.

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