De Soto teen's face seen in national ad campaign

Olivia Cline, 16, poses for a photo next to an advertisement she appears in at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, Kan. Cline has been modeling for approximately three years and this is her biggest ad yet.

Olivia Cline, 16, poses for a photo next to an advertisement she appears in at the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, Kan. Cline has been modeling for approximately three years and this is her biggest ad yet.

Olivia Cline and her family made several trips to KCK's Great Wolf Lodge over Christmas break but they weren't there for the water slide, they were there to see Olivia's first national ad campaign.

"I was so surprised when I heard about it," said the 16 year-old De Soto High School junior. "My friend called and said my face was on this big ad in the lodge so we drove right over."

Cline, who has been modeling for about three years, soon received more calls from friends and family spotting her face in the ads for colored hair extensions.

"My nephew called us from Myrtle Beach, S.C. and said he saw the same ad in an amusement park there," said Cline's mother Mary Jo Cline. "It was just unreal."

Cline works with area photographer Jani Bryson, who then sells Olivia's shots to stock photo services. The hair extension ad is being used in every Great Wolf Lodge in the country, more than ten locations.

"It's kind of crazy to see my face on a poster but it's made me want to model even more," Cline said. "It's just been an unbelievable feeling."

In addition to photographic work, Cline has walked the catwalk in several fashion shows. Each spring she participates in an area prom fashion show to raise money for DHS and compete for a scholarship.

"There's nothing like being on the runway in a big ball gown," Cline said with a smile. "Your hair and makeup are all done up and the cameras just flash and flash. I just can't describe how incredible it makes you feel."

When she's not strutting the catwalk or working a photo shoot, Cline keeps busy with school work and other extracurriculars. She's on both the varsity and junior varsity tennis teams, participates in youth court, maintains a 3.9 grade point average while also taking vocational tech classes. Cline hopes to someday become a chef after college and more modeling.

"It can be really hectic and difficult to fit everything together, it's a major balancing act," Cline said. "I just try not to get frustrated and remember that it's all fun and I have to relax a little if I want to enjoy it all."

Helping Cline find the right balance are her parents, Mary Jo and Marty, and her older sister, Anna.

"We are so proud of how level-headed Liv is," Mary Jo said. "She could have easily developed a big head along the way but she hasn't. She likes clothes but she's thrifty, things really could have gone a different way for her if she were a different kid."

Cline's next show will be the annual prom fashion show through Olathe Northwest High School on Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan. Tickets for the show are $5 and a portion of the money raised by each student goes back to his/her school.

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