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Naomi Campbell's, "The Face" Season 2 Premiers on Oxygen

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 Sophie Magdalena

Lights!  Camera!  Strike a pose!  

Every little girl dreams of being a supermodel.  The desire, sometimes just as prominent as the desire to be a princess.  Growing up, we watched Cindy Crawford draw us in with her campaign of our favorite soft drink.  We strutted down our imaginary runways mimicking Tyra Banks - one of Victoria's Secret's first Angels; and we longed to catch the face of Naomi Campbell as she graced the many covers of our favorite magazines - Elle and Vogue.  The glitz and glamour that these women represented, was what we all longed to achieve.  

With shows like America's Top Model and Project Runway being instant and MEGA hits, the ideology of fashion, fame and beauty associated with modeling is more enticing than ever.  

In 2013, Naomi Campbell hit the model scene once again with her hit, new reality show, "The Face."  12 aspiring models competed to become the face of a major national brand.  Being hosted by the infamous photographer and ex-judge on America's Top Model, Nigel Barker, each contestant was handpicked into teams by the three mentors and supermodels, Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova.  

Having premiered on the Oxygen Network and being an instant success, the show is back with the launch of its second season which premiers on March 5th at 10/9 CST.  This time around, supermodels Anne V and Lydia Hearst join Naomi Campbell as mentors, as the new 12 young contestants fight to become the newest and freshest face of Frederic Fekkai.  

Anne V, Nigel Barker, Naomi Campbell & Lydia Hearst 

We connected with supermodels Anne V and Lydia Hearst to share some insight with you all on what to expect this season.... 

You both bring tremendous amounts of success and experience to the table which is very exciting.  What was your approach going into this as coaches to the contestants? 

Lydia Hearst:  It was really interesting; it was my first time ever really working behind the scenes.  When you are the model everyone sort of dresses and styles you.  So, it wasn't just a challenge for the 12 model contestants, it was also a challenge and a learning experience for myself.  I got to work with the stylists and choose the hair and makeup and also be photo editor.  It was really rewarding and an eye opening experience to sort of see how everything works behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera.  But at the same time it was a little nerve wrecking to know that if you chose unwisely, one of the girls could potentially be going home.

Anne V:  I completely agree with Lydia.  It was really challenging for all of us to be on the other side of modeling.  But it was the greatest time ever.  I never really had a mentor in my life.  And to be able to be there for the girls, during the competition and outside of the competition, was kind of a dream come true for me because I wish someone had been there for me when I started out. 

Season 2 Contestants 

When you saw the group of contestants this season, did you feel confidently that there was at least one star in the group?  

Lydia Hearst:  They were all really beautiful. 

Anne V:  They were so different too.  I was kind of scared because how do you pick a girl, you know, for your team out of 12 girls that look nothing alike and are all completely different?  Your gut instinct kind of comes out and you pick the ones that are right for you which was a really fun experience.  But the girls were all great.  They all have amazing personalities and they all wanted to work really hard.  They are all stars.  

Lydia Hearst:  It was really remarkable.  As Anne said, they were all so unique and had such distinct personalities.  And there really is so much potential and beauty with these girls.  One of the more rewarding and remarkable experiences through the duration of the show was in watching all these young hopefuls essentially transform from rookies into real models.  

What would you say is the best piece of modeling advice that you ever received during your careers?  Did you pass that along to your girls?  

Anne V:  I think, overall, from every person that I've ever worked with, the most important thing is to be nice and professional.  Because at the end of the day what we do is a job.  You're there for a reason.  No one wants to stay there longer than they have to.  You have to be professional and nice and bring a lot of personality because that is how you stand out in front of all the other girls.  

Lydia Hearst:  I completely agree with Anne.  I was lucky when I first started out in the fashion industry, I did have a friend and a mentor in Carol Alt.  And one of the pieces of advice she gave me that, still to this day stands out in my head was, that you really have to focus on the now and stop focusing on the next thing because it's so easy to lose sight of everything that's happening right now.  And at the moment when she told me, I was about 18 - the same age as the girls who are the contestants on the show.  It's important to remember that in fashion everything happens and changes so quickly.  But you need to remember that you should be having fun and enjoying the moment because no matter what you're doing it's exciting.  

And also, it's such an incredible opportunity that you've been presented with.  And you just have to take a breath, look around and be in the now.  

What qualities were both of you looking for in your teams?

Lydia Hearst:  For me it was interesting.  I was sort of looking for more unique characteristics and qualities.  I wanted to see, in a sense, a little bit of myself and that inner light and excitement and determination.  It's a very challenging industry and it's constantly changing.  You have to be excited.  You have to be passionate.  And you can sort of see that drive coming through the contestants.  Even if they're not saying anything, it's very present.  

And I wanted fighters.  I think in a sense, that's what all of us were hoping for.  It was challenging just picking a team because all of the girls were really wonderful. 

Anne V:  I was looking for girls who were very professional.  Who looked like they were determined, who had personalities.  I was kind of looking for the diamond in the rough, you know, something that just felt right for me.  And I was looking for some consistent girls, someone who really wanted to be better, someone who would do anything to stay there but also have elegance and class about them.  I wanted someone who just wanted to be great women overall, not just great models.

What does it take to succeed as a model and be the face of a brand?

Lydia Hearst:  There are a lot of variations.  Like various things that factor into that.  Just being beautiful isn't enough.  You have to have courage and inner strength.  And you have to really test yourself.  You have to have the personality and professionalism.  And you have to be willing to work hard and put in the hours.  And you have to be well versed in who it is that you are working for.  

That's one of the things we had to teach a lot of the model contestants as we were mentoring them on the show because as all of you know, the winner actually becomes the face and brand ambassador for Frederic Fekkai.  We really want to make sure that our girls are well spoken and that they're polite and respectful.  There's a lot to it so it's tricky to just pinpoint a few little things.  There is so much that goes into truly being successful at the end.  If you trust your gut and you work hard and you make sure that you're educated and professional, you will go far.  

Anne V:  I completely agree with Lydia.  It's the difference between why some people become stars and others don't.  You know, no one knows how Gisele became Gisele.  I mean everyone knows but no one can repeat it.  There's no handbook on how to become a supermodel.  If everyone knew how to do it, everyone would be.  But I think the most important thing besides having the knowledge, being professional, being very nice and willing to work hard is to have personality.  

And lastly, can you talk to us about some of the unique challenges the models will face this season? 

Lydia Hearst:  Yes.  The girls had to pose in a window display for one of the challenges.  They did that for Juicy Couture.  So us, as mentors, had to choose the outfits they were wearing and literally position them in the storefronts.  This was especially difficult because they had to hold those awkward and uncomfortable poses for going on three minutes, where actually had to stand there like living mannequins, not moving.  There was also some choreography the girls had to do.  Needless to say, I am not a professional choreographer so that was a bit of a challenge I would say for all of us there.  

There were also commercial shoots and scripts they had to learn and even runway can be challenging.

Whether you think you have what it takes to become a supermodel or you just simply love to immerse yourself in the fashion world, tune in to Oxygen at 10/9 CST for the premier of The Face.  Let these veteran supermodels be your fashion fix!  

Follow The Face on Facebook to receive updates on the supermodels and supermodels in the making!  

- Danielle Hazekamp
Lifestyle and Beauty Blogger

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