Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas and their partners announce the FIVE FINALISTS who will complete the remainder of the competition to compete for the single top spot in Mario Make Me A Model 2015. A total of seven (7) selected at the semi-final event in June embarked on the first five (5) weeks of training and completed a makeover by the Tricoci Team. After evaluating their makeovers, progress in fitness and runway training and taking online votes into consideration, the group has been narrowed to the final five:
- Paige Palonis, Geneva, IL
- Kaylyn Pryor, Evanston, IL
- Michael Blouin, Naperville, IL
- Kate Giroux, Fox River Grove, IL
- Joshua Pacheco, Lombard, IL
“All seven of our semi-finalists have been working on their fitness and with the modeling agency for over a month now. It’s a great group and those going forward truly embraced the process and the opportunity to learn what it takes to become a professional model,” says Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas SVP/Chief Marketing Officer, Megan Bueschel.
The Final Five were chosen based on:
- Their makeover with Mario Tricoci Creative Director John Gialluisi and the Creative Color Managers Nelida D’Alessandro, Judy Johnson and Jennifer Doljanin
- Text and Online voting by the public at http://www.tricoci.com/m4/finalists
- Still photos by Matt Ferguson Photography
- Fitness training with Fitness Formula Clubs
- Runway training with Factor Women and Chosen Model Management
- Their level of engagement
- Judges include style innovator and salon founder, Mario Tricoci; Michigan Avenue Magazine Editor-in-Chief, JP Anderson; Fitness Formula Clubs Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Daniela Spade; photographer Matt Ferguson and from the modeling agencies: Kasia Konia, Director New Talent for Factor Women Management and David Love, Director of the men’s division, Chosen Model Management.
- The final five contestants will continue with eight (8) more weeks of training. During that time, they will participate in a shoot for a group fashion spread, each will tape their own 15 second TV spot and finally walk the runway in a major fashion show with professional models and an audience of 1,000 on September 25 at Redmoon Theatre Warehouse in Chicago.
- The 2015 program is expected to launch the careers of four finalists and one winner as they strive for success in the modeling industry. Since the program’s inception in 2008, more than 3,500 contestants have come to the open model calls; 30 young women and men have gone through the program as finalists; and nearly all of them have secured contracts as working models appearing in spreads in Glossed & Found, CS, Michigan Avenue Magazine, Chicago Magazine and on runways all over Chicago, as well as in New York, Milan and Paris.
The five finalists were selected from nearly 500 hopefuls who attended one of five open model calls in Chicago, Oak Brook, Schaumburg, Orland Park and Crystal Lake. From the initial open calls, the field was narrowed to 40 and then on June 10 further narrowed to seven who started the Mario, Make Me a Model journey in June.
About Mario Make Me a Model
“Mario, Make Me a Model” is the Midwest’s preeminent fashion event launching careers; inspiring young people and supporting Chicago’s fashion industry by identifying emerging talent, creating experiences and opening doors to opportunity. The program has launched the careers of young talent who have worked with virtually every Chicago-based periodical as well as New Beauty magazine, Neiman Marcus, Home Shopping Network, Nordstrom, Glossed & Found and Def Jam Records among others. Several have gone on to agencies in New York, Paris and Milan and still others have appeared in national television commercials including Carson’s and Southwest Airlines. In 2015, Mario, Make Me a Model returns for a seventh year, demonstrating the Company’s continuing emphasis on discovering young talent. Visit www.mariomakemeamodel.com for more information on contest rules and regulations, to follow the aspiring models and for details on all of the “Mario, Make Me a Model” events.