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There’s plenty to be impressed with upon meeting Austin-based fashion designer Isabella Rose Taylor. She began writing and painting as young as age 4. She launched her own eponymous clothing line at age 10, then graduated high school just a year later. And at age 13, the young prodigy hosted a show at New York Fashion Week, landing her designs in Nordstrom.

But one of her more recent accolades was being awarded 2015’s Emerging Woman-Owned Business of the Year by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Not bad for a 14-year-old.

“There’s so much local support here in Austin,” Taylor points out. She gained traction, thanks in part to Austin-based computer giant Dell, who through its Women’s Entrepreneur Network sponsored her New York Fashion Week show. “I feel so lucky to have grown up here and launched my business here,” she said.

She’s also proved it’s possible to launch a viable business while still in your teens and make a name for yourself in fashion without uprooting to New York or Los Angeles.

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