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BUFFALO, N.Y. - A young woman from Buffalo is making her modeling debut during Fashion Week in New York City.

24-year-old Sarah Simon is a model who lives on Buffalo's West Side. She stands six-feet-tall and just recently signed with the Spike Modeling Agency in Manhattan. Simon was in a fashion show in Brooklyn in the fall when she was discovered. She says a Buffalo fashion designer named Dario Rodriguez encouraged her.

"He told me what are you doing? You're tall, you're gorgeous, why are you not a model? I said well I guess I can give it a try. And I never really want to be a model but now that I'm in it, I actually love it," said Simon.

Sarah is Sudanese, but came to Rochester 15 years ago, and has been in Buffalo for the past eight. She hits the runway at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Show on Thursday night.

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