Chicago's Next Top Model

Local salon, day spa owner holds casting calls

Think you've got what it takes to be a model?

Beauty and style innovator Mario Tricoci -- who last year gave five women their big modeling break through his 'Mario, Make Me a Model!' campaign -- is now on a quest for the men and women who will become Chicago's next modeling stars.

Contestants have to impress five celebrity judges, each of whom are focusing on a unique attribute.

Winners will participate in photos shoots, get a two-page spread in Chicago Magazine, model for Macy's in the upcoming fashion focus, and vie for a shot at a contract with Ford Modeling Agency. Last year, four of the five winners were picked up.

"This search is about finding the undiscovered talent that has been hiding right in our backyard and preparing them for a shot at a real modeling career," said Tricoci.

Women and men 16 and older are invited to attend "Mario, Make Me a Model" open calls at select Mario Tricoci Hair Salon and Day Spa locations, including August 12 at 10 a.m. in Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles; and August 12 at 5 p.m. in Orland Park.

No prior modeling experience is required, visit for more information on campaign rules and regulations and to follow the aspiring models and "Mario, Make Me a Model"

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