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Model hopefuls convene at open model call for Mario Make Me a Model

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The Open Model Call held on February 24th at 4:00 PM in Mario Tricoci Hair Salon & Day Spa, located at 900 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago saw more than 120 models and are expecting even more at each of the next four events.

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Open Model Calls February 25- 12:00 PM – Mario Tricoci Hair Salon & Day Spa, Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook 6:00 PM – Mario Tricoci Hair Salon & Day Spa, 15451 South 94th Ave., Orland Park

February 26- 12:00 PM – Mario Tricoci Hair Salon & Day Spa, 675 Mall Drive, Schaumburg 6:00 PM – Mario Tricoci Hair Salon & Day Spa, 625 Cog Circle, Crystal Lake

The Premise Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas continues to pave the way for young talent with the sixth “Mario, Make Me a Model” competition. The 2014 program will launch the careers of five finalists and one winner as they strive for success in the modeling industry.

History Since the program’s inception in 2008, more than 2,000 contestants have come to the open model calls; 26 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 CS, Michigan Avenue Magazine, Chicago Magazine and on runways all over Chicago, as well as in New York, Milan and Paris.

Who Women and men 16 and older who are not currently signed with a modeling agency will come out in droves to FIVE open model calls throughout Chicagoland that will take place Monday February 24 through Wednesday February 26. Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas Creative Director John Gialluisi and a representative from the Mario Tricoci Creative Color management team will be on site judging all models. Alongside the Tricoci team will be celebrated Chicago photographer Matt Ferguson and Factor Women Director of Scouting and Development Kasia Koniar. Fitness Formula Clubs and Chosen Model Management will also serve on the judging panel.

Semi-Finalist Runway Event Thursday, March 13, 10:00am, Allerton Hotel, 701 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Buckingham Ballroom

Training and Voting March 17 – May 16, 2014

Fashion Show/Grand Finale Friday, May 16, Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State Street, Chicago Tickets go on sale April 1, 2014.

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 2014, Mario, Make Me a Model returns for a sixth year, demonstrating the Company’s continuing emphasis on discovering young talent. Visit 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.