It stands to reason that those who win opportunities via reality TV competition shows might be looked down upon by others who work their way up the old-fashioned way. But “The Face” mentor, Naomi Campbell, said her models deserve the same respect as any others.
“I work really hard to do this and keep this show at a level of authenticity that is close to mirroring what is in our business every day,” she told Sister 2 Sister.
While some contestants on modeling competition shows are rarely seen or heard from again (anybody remember “Make Me a Super Model” or “She’s Got the Look”?), Naomi said she’s determined that won’t be the fate of her girls.
“Most importantly for me, I want to see them working. I want to make sure my girls, after the show’s over, are working, are signed, are testing and going to castings,” she said.
While there have been a slew of modeling and fashion-related reality shows, Naomi pointed out that “The Face” is different because instead of judges, the series features mentors. Naomi is joined by Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova.
“We’re mentoring… They get a taste of what it’s really going to be like when they step into the world of modeling,” said Naomi, who understands the popularity of the reality competition genre.
“I think everyone’s interested [in giving] someone a chance to aspire to their dreams. You know, who tried it the normal way and it hasn’t work out. This is an opportunity, through a reality show where they can get to learn something and apply it and try to achieve the goals and dreams they’re aiming for,” she said.
For Naomi, it’s more than just a TV show. She’s invested in the future of “The Face” models and was drawn to the idea of sharing all she’s learned during her career.
“What attracted me to do this show is mentoring and sharing what I’ve been blessed to have known, discovered and found out after almost 28 years. I just think it’s great to share it and pass it on,” she said.