SCHERERVILLE | To win or place well at a model competition, you need to catch the attention of the judges.
But when Brianne Corral took a wrong turn on the runway during the Ms. Bikini, Figure and Model Midwest Regional on Nov. 3 at the Beverly Performing Arts Center in Chicago no one apparently noticed.
"You were supposed to walk straight out and turn right," Corral said, "but I turned left. I thought that would mess things up for me."
As it turned out, Corral won the model competition, as well as the figure competition, and placed first overall.
For the Cedar Lake 33-year-old, the three titles were her first after placing at two previous Midwest Regionals.
Corral later competed at the Fitness America Weekend, a national competition held Nov. 22-23 in Las Vegas, and placed in the Top 20 in the Model America-Women Tall division.
"Since I did so well at (the Midwest Regional), they said I should represent the region in Las Vegas," Corral said.
Corral helped train two other women, Justyna Ksiazek, 22, of Cedar Lake; and Terra Afman, 41, of Munster, for their first Midwest Regional while representing Corral's Martial Arts, where Corral is a fitness and martial arts instructor.
Ksiazek placed second in the model competition; Afman placed third in bikini (short) and fifth in model. Both plan to train for and compete in future competitions.
"I'm most definitely hooked," Ksiazek said. "It took a lot of work and sacrifice, but I'm ready to do it again."