The competition on the runway was so intense that Mario chose two aspiring models as the winners of the 2011 Mario, Make Me a Model competition. Mercedes Johnson of Chicago and Juni Park of Skokie, Ill., secured the title at the Mario Tricoci & vitaminwater® Present InspireDesign show at Fashion Focus Chicago.

Beauty and style innovator Mario Tricoci watched Johnson and Park and finalists Lynn Tatge (Mount Prospect, Ill.), Alexandra Cangelosi (Orland Park, Ill.) and Zachary Ross (Chicago, Ill.) prove to the audience that they were model material after a two month transformation, which included a makeover from Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas, runway instruction by Factor Women, and personal training with Formula Fitness Clubs.

"Choosing just one winner was impossible because we had such a diverse, talented group of finalists this year," Tricoci said. "I have been following their progress through their TV shoot, makeovers and the fashion shoot and realized this was going to be our toughest choice to date. The transformation in each of these individuals has been inspiring. But once the finalists walked the runway, Mercedes and Juni clinched it when combined with the great work they did in the other parts of the competition."

As the winners of Mario, Make Me a Model, Johnson and Park will receive a five-night trip for two to Riu Palace Las Americas, Cancun, Mexico that includes meals and drinks at the resort, round-trip airfare, and limousine transportation to Chicago O'Hare for the trip. Johnson and Park will also receive $500 in COSE by Mario Tricoci cosmetics; a year's supply of vitaminwater®; and a one-year membership to Fitness Formula Clubs. All of the finalists will be featured in a fashion advertorial spread in Michigan Avenue magazine's November issue and are being considered for a modeling contract with Factor Women
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Mario Tricoci announced the winners of the fourth annual Mario, Make Me a Model competition Mercedes Johnson of Chicago and Juni Park of Skokie Capture Title
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