Mario, Make Me A Model 2016 Runway Finale: And The Winner Is…

Mario-Announces-the-winner On the evening of Friday August 26, Second City Style joined nearly 800 guests including Chicago VIPs, beauty industry insiders and media at The Geraghty to witness a fashion show of local designers and the announcement of the Mario, Make Me a Model 2016 winner. This year’s winner is… Maggie Krebs from Long Grove, Illinois!
Winner Maggie Krebs with Mario Tricoci
Finalist Lauren on the runway.
Before the show we enjoyed a cocktail hour with light bites (including yummy cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes) and mingling with fellow fashionistas. Next it was time for the show and Mario Tricoci’s Five Finalists Jordan, Lauren, Maggie, Steph and Trevor, walked the runway with real models from Factor Women|Chosen Model Management dressed in Fall 2016 designs by Chicago designers Anna Brown, Laura Delman, The Order, PRSVR and Suki + Solaine. Mario’s “Rockstar Runway” featured classic 70s rock and roll music which made it even more entertaining.
Susanna Homan tells us about the new award in honor of Kaylyn Pryor.
This year Mario, Make Me a Model honored the memory of Mario Tricoci’s 2015 winner, Kaylyn Pryor by recognizing her selfless support of others and joyous approach to life with a special award. A hush of respect went through the audience as Susanna Homan, publisher of SPLASH, told us Kaylyn was senselessly killed in gun violence shortly after winning last year. The Fan Favorite Award was presented to Stephanie Turzinski from Winfield, Illinois.
Fan Favorite Stephanie Turzinski
Before the winner was announced, Mario Tricoci explained to the audience how the competition began. Each year they needed models for his hair salons and they would travel all over the world to find them. So they realized there was beautiful talent right here in Chicago to represent his salons, so why not use one of the locals and make her (or him) a model? About Mario Make Me A Model Several winners from “Mario, Make Me A Model” have gone on to agencies in New York, Paris and Milan and still others have appeared in national television commercials. In 2016, Mario, Make Me A Model returned for an eighth year to discover young talent. Visit for more information and to follow the aspiring models and for details on all of the “Mario, Make Me A Model” events. Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas luxury hair styling and spa services operates 14 locations in Chicagoland including 12 full-service Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas and two Mario Tricoci Too Salons focusing on expert cut and color. For more than 35 years, Mario has offered an extensive menu of cutting-edge hair, skin and body care, as well as custom make-up and nail services all delivered by highly skilled professionals. Visit to find a location near you. Appointments can be made online, in salon, or by calling 847.202.1900. – Carol Calacci Photos: Second City Style; Courtesy of Mario Tricoci  

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