April 24, 2014

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Local model graces toys produced by Northeast Ohio-based company

Nancy Johnson

Some youngsters dream of becoming a model when they grow up, but for one Montville Township girl, the dream already has come true.

Madison Murphy, 4, is a successful model with Taxi Talent Management of Cleveland.

This Christmas, Madison’s image can be seen on the packaging of two Step 2 toys in stores now: the Busy Bake Kitchen and the Sandastic Sand Castle Set. Step 2 is a manufacturer of preschool and toddler toys, headquartered in Streetsboro.

“There’s a whole stack of Busy Bake Kitchens in an aisle at the Medina Wal-Mart,” said dad Brian, “and we’ve heard from friends who have seen Madison on the Step 2 products in Texas, Colorado, Rhode Island and Florida.”

“Madison really took to modeling,” said mom Laura, “She likes posing and smiling. She’s tiny for her age so she looks younger, but she has the maturity to work well in front of the camera.”

“It’s fun,” said Madison, “I like playing with the toys.”

On one Step 2 box, Madison can be seen rolling out play cookie dough. In the other, Madison sits on the beach, surrounded by toys.

“But it was really a sandbox, not a beach,” Madison pointed out.

Madison is a pre-K student at The Nurtury. In addition to modeling, she studies gymnastics with big sister, Meghan, a first-grader at Blake Elementary. Meghan is also a Taxi model.

Both girls said they would like to be fashion models when they grow up, although Madison added, “I want to model princess dresses.”

But getting the girls to modeling jobs can be a challenge. “Most photo shoots are scheduled for the work week,” said Brian. “We had to say no to a catalogue because we couldn’t take the time off work.”

Madison said her favorite part of modeling is after the photo shoot when she is given a ride to the parking lot in a wagon. “That’s when I get snacks and a juice box,” she said.

“We sent their photos to Taxi on a whim” said Brian, “But they seem to enjoy modeling. As long as it’s fun for them, we’ll continue.”

Contact reporter Nancy Johnson at (330) 721-4065 or areanews@medina-gazette.com.