In the wake of America’s Next Top Model and the Top Model franchise comes a new modeling reality competition show called The Face, airing Tuesdays on the Oxygen network and hosted by “noted fashion photographer” Nigel Barker from ANTM fame. The show is headlined by three supermodel faces: Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha, and Karolina Kurkova — two of whom are Victoria’s Secret Angels alum. The winner gets crowned the “face” of the beauty and cosmetics retail chain ULTA Beauty.
It’s America’s Next Top Model meets The Voice, except there are no blind auditions (now that would have made for an interesting twist). The judges and their teams of models — bright-eyed, fresh-faced, and eager to learn all about the art of modeling from the self-professed “experts” — compete with each other for the top prize.
The episode premiered online on February 1st and premieres on Oxygen tomorrow. At New York Fashion Week, the twenty-four aspiring models, which dwindled down to twelve by the end of the episode, got to see the three coaches modeling for Zac Posen’s spring 2013 runway show. From there, the models are put through a series of tests, including having to take a photo without any make-up.
The episode wasn’t too exciting, but now that the judges have formed their teams, I think that’s about to change. This is Naomi Campbell we’re talking about, after all. While undoubtedly gorgeous and a supermodel legend, the 42-year-old also has a reputation for having a violent streak and a no-nonsense attitude. And, based on some of the previews, it looks like the show is using that to their advantage.
The Face premieres February 12 at 9/8 central on Oxygen.