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La Cañada mom may have ‘The Look’

June 11, 2009|By Ruth Longoria

She was one of tens of thousands of women who turned out for the five-city auditions and one of hundreds who stood in the lines during a humid and rainy day in Hollywood for the October “cattle call.”

At the end of seven hours of auditions and interviews, she was selected as one of 20 women to go on to the five weeks of filming.

That’s when a La Cañada mom, Theresa Kalnins, headed out to New York City for some life changing moments.

Kalnins, 47, had earned a chance to compete in the reality television show, “She’s Got the Look,” which premieres at 9 tonight (Thursday, June 11) on TV Land. The top prize at the end of the season is $100,000 in cash, a modeling contract with Wilhelmina Models, one of the largest modeling agencies in the world, and a photo spread in Self magazine.

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“The reason I entered was I needed the money,” Kalnins told the Valley Sun Monday. She’s back from filming — though the first episode of the eight week season will be aired this week on television — but barred from leaking even a hint as to who won the competition.

All we know is, she made it into the top 10 models — ages 35 to 72 — who will be in this season’s show.

Kalnins, who is a single mom, recently divorced, said the experience also was an opportunity to jump start her modeling career, which she abandoned after she married and became a mother.

Kalnins was born Theresa Hobbs in Elletsville, Ind., just outside of Bloomington. She graduated from Edgewood High School in 1980 and went on to study telecommunications at Ball State in Muncie, Ind.

Kalnins began modeling while in school and was selected as Miss Indiana. She went on to compete in the Miss USA pageant, though she didn’t win that competition.

She later moved to Chicago, where she modeled full time until she met and married Ed Kalnins in 1988.

The couple have twin 8-year-old sons, Tristan and Ethan. Tristan is a fourth grader at La Cañada Elementary School, and Ethan is in third grade at Palm Crest Elementary School. Ethan has special needs and suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

Theresa Kalnins works as a teacher’s aide at La Cañada Elementary School. She said she loves her job, but her greatest joy is being a mom.

“I’m a bat mom. Tristan is into baseball and I love going to tournaments. It takes a lot of time, though,” she said.

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