ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – The St. Louis area is becoming quite the source of up-and-coming talent. Three amazing ladies have worked hard for their success, and are beyond thrilled to be part of such a successful area.
Glen Carbon's Tess Boyer, Edwardsville's Millicent Cantrall and Webster Groves' Karlie Kloss are proving that we live in a hotbed of talent. Kloss is a Victoria's Secret supermodel. She was discovered, by chance, at a St. Louis charity fashion show.
"I have the honor to be working with Victoria's Secret, a company that as a young girl in St. Louis, I idolized these angels, and now I have the chance to become one," she said.
Boyer took her church singing roots to the Voice tryouts in St. Louis. It took her all the way to the top 10.
"It's great though, it's humbling though, it's very exciting and it's going to take some getting used to," Boyer said.
While you may know about Kloss and Boyer's success, Cantrall is a 5'10" teenager finding herself under contract to the Ford modeling agency – one of the country's best.
"They called me in for a meeting," she said, "handed me a contract, and I was like 'this is crazy!'"
It's happened before: Homegrown talent having success that so many can only dream of. The latest crop from the Midwest proves locals are on the radar of agents coast-to-coast.
"Girls and boys from the Midwest have just as much talent as anyone else," Boyer said.
"Honestly, I feel the same. A few things have changed since I was a high school girl in St. Louis, but I feel the same," Kloss said.
Watching the rise of the local angel, and the Voice of another, gives Cantrall the confidence she needs to make it.
"There were already people coming out of this area, and that's basically what happened to me. I saw Karlie do it," she said.
"I'm a St. Louis girl at heart," Kloss said. "That's no doubt. That will never change."