The Straits Times
Published on Feb 08, 2013

Models on The Face say tough skin is a must


NEW YORK (AP) - A pretty face helps, but it's a tough skin that makes a model a success. Who better to teach that than Naomi Campbell?

On The Face, the new Oxygen competition show about modelling that premieres on Tuesday, Campbell serves as a mentor and team leader. Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha also have their own teams, and each brings a different style to the studio.

But all three women, in separate interviews, said that learning to deal with rejection is often the deciding factor in a long career as a supermodel versus being a one-season catwalk wonder.

Campbell, who also gets an executive producer credit, said that from the show's creative start, she wanted it to be "more real than reality." (There are 12 finalists in the first episode. At the end of each episode, the commercial client in the challenge chooses someone for a job. The big prize is to be "the face" of Ulta Beauty.)