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Kathleen Tesori wins FLEX Bikini Model Search
by Allan Donnelly
Photos by Mike Mader
October 3, 2008
After six months, hundreds of competitors and hundreds of thousands of votes, the six monthly winners of the FLEX Bikini Model Search Online took center stage at the Las Vegas Convention Center for live contest on Olympia weekend. Sixty-six other hopefuls came out for the live contest, bringing the total number of competitors to 72 for the event, presented by Champion Nutrition.
After two days and four hours of judging, it was Utah’s Kathleen Tesori who stood apart from the rest as the contest’s winner.
“I’m in shock” an elated Tesori said. “It took me by surprise because there were so many girls who had the full package. It was a great win.”
Tesori, a 25-year-old from Utah who works as a logistics management specialist as a civilian in the Air Force, won the Grand Prize of contracts with Weider Publications and Champion Nutrition and will be featured in the 2009 FLEX Swimsuit issue.
Joining Tesori on the winners podium were runner-up Andrea Taylor and third-place finisher Mary Jarmolowich. Taylor, who along with Tesori won Month 5 of the online portion of the FLEX Bikini Model Search, won $1,000 while Jarmolowich won $500. All three were presenters at the 2008 Olympia Finals.
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FLEX BIKINI MODEL SEARCH TOP 15 1. KathleenTesori 2. Andrea Taylor 3. Mary Jarmolowich 4. Amanda Latona 5. Tibisay Robles 6. Ekaterina Miller 7. Christina Vargas 8. Kyla McGrath 9. Danielle Lee 10. Jennifer Buckles 11. Lauren Melton 12. Sonja Garness 13. Jamie Augsbury 14. Heather Clay 15. Tanya Balkunas FLEX BIKINI MODEL SEARCH COMPETITOR LIST 1. Robin Mac Gowan 2. Jessica Reynolds 3. Lindsey Grosse 4. Zhenya Vernon 5. Corrie Wahl 6. Corinne Stephenson 7. Ariadna Abad 8. Petra Onhajzerova 9. Katarina Dubcova 10. Mary Jarmolowich 11. Shonda England 12. Kelli Harsha 13. Karla Cepeda-Fernandez 14. Michelle Wood 15. Bekki Trusty 16. Kimberly Bresingham 17. Heather Clay 18. Sarah Fackler 19. Lauren Melton 20. Melinda Janiszewski 21. Louise Brandstrup 22. Amanda Butz 23. Tibisay Robles 24. Ekaterina Miller 25. Danielle Lee 26. Tanya Balkunas 27. Sonja Garness 28. Celina Molina 31. Alexandra Simonova Porshnikoff 32. Anna Brown 33. April Wintle 34. Danelle Pereira 35. Andrea O'Neill 36. Jessica Jordan 37. Jennifer Hughes 38. Meredith Adler 39. Leila Varsen 40. Amanda Latona 41. Erin Dougherty 42. Victoria Piscopo 43. Meaghan Faragasso