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High schooler Hannah is transformed from fresh-faced student to stunning ingenue at a recent photo shoot. She's represented by TCM Models &amp; Talent, part of the booming modeling scene in Seattle. (Tereza Janáková)<p></p>
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Behind the Lens: Did you know Seattle has a red-hot modeling scene?

It's photoshoot day for 17-year-old Hannah. She's getting some new snaps to put in her modeling portfolio.

After a few brushstrokes of makeup, a spritz of hairspray, and some professional styling - this high schooler is transformed from fresh-faces student to stunning ingenue.

Always by her side? Her mom, who also happens to be KOMO anchor Molly Shen.

"People had always told me that they thought she should model," said Shen. "I thought it was a really nice compliment, but I've always sort of brushed it aside."

But then - Hannah was discovered.

"Originally I was scouted by a different agency in Portland," she explained. "But I had heard a lot of good things about TCM and really wanted to work with them."

Last summer she went to an open call with TCM Models and Talent, and the rest is history.

"It's harder than I expected!" she said. "Professional models that are on runways or in magazines - they make it look so easy! They make it look so natural and effortless, but it takes a lot more practice."

Shen said the experience has been much different from what she thought.

"The most surprising thing to me is that there is a larger modeling community in Seattle than I expected," she said. "There are so many people here doing this work and who are really successful at it."

One woman who has long been a 'model' of success, Terri Morgan, who heads up Seattle-based TCM Models and Talent. Terri got a lef up on the business side, when she started in the biz doing print and runway work.

Whether you're a man or a woman, it turns out making it in modeling takes much more than a pretty face.

"The X factor," said Morgan. "Their personality. I'm looking for that little extra something that I know a client will pick up on that they will say 'I want that girl over that girl because that one's got a little extra special spark.'"

At 19, Kati Staut is a seasoned model who has that extra spark as well as beauty and brains. In fact, she graduated from high school at the top of her class! Staut's graced magazines and strutted her stuff on the catwalk. She's been modeling for five years, and has worked all over the world. But more than wearing designer duds or collaborating with famous photographer, she loves that the lens of modeling lets her see herself in different ways.

"It's something new every day," said Staut. "You're not going to the same office job, it's always something new, fresh and exciting. And it just makes me happy to get up every morning not really know what's happening - but I can be excited that something amazing's gonna happen."

Hannah's Photos are by Tereza Janáková, Styling by Karla Ortiz, and Hair and Makeup by Shannon Rasheed.

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