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Do you have a beautiful child? Or maybe one who could use some pointers on how to use a cell phone without irritating anyone?

Dilsie Smith

Vogue 15 Modeling & Talent Company/Academy of Refining and Etiquette, opening this month in Homewood’s Cherry Creek shopping center, will offer the H-F area’s first modeling agency and school of etiquette.

Owner Dilsie Smith, a Homewood resident who began modeling in her mid-teens, received a special use permit to open a learning center from the Homewood village board at its Nov. 24 meeting.

“I modeled for years but I love to teach, so I decided to start a business,” Smith said.

A grand opening is set for noon on Dec. 18 at 18428A Governors Highway, the site formerly used by Women’s Workout World. The website for Vogue 15 is still under construction, Smith said.

When Vogue 15 officially opens, its first classes will teach etiquette to students from kindergarten through college.

“We’re focusing on respectable social media and respectable dressing, but we’ll make it fun,” she said. The company also will help young people develop job interview skills.

Help for those who want to get their children into professional modeling will be available in mid-2016, she added.

Smith said she learned a lot about good manners from her grandmother. With so many households where both parents work, she said, teaching etiquette—such as table manners—may fall by the wayside.

But even in cases where parents are trying to teach these skills to their children, “kids receive information differently from others than they do from their parents,” Smith said.

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