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THE BATTLE TO BECOME “THE FACE” IS ON!
Oxygen’s Highly Anticipated Supermodel Competition Series
“The Face” Reveals The 12 Hopefuls Chosen
For Team Naomi, Team Karolina And Team Coco
“The Face” Premieres With Roadblock
On Oxygen, Bravo And Style
On Tuesday, February 12 At 9 PM ET/PT
NEW YORK – February 6, 2013– Oxygen Media reveals the top 12 aspiring models from around the world selected for Team Naomi, Team Karolina and Team Coco on the highly anticipated competition series “The Face,” which launches with a roadblock on Oxygen, as well as NBCUniversal sister networks Bravo and Style on Tuesday, February 12 at 9 PM ET/PT. On last night’s one-hour kick-off special “THE FACE: The Fight to Make The Final 12,” the supermodel coaches went head to head in a high stakes battle to select their teams of four hopefulswho will compete to become the next supermodel and the newest face of ULTA Beauty. This seven-episode series, hosted by renowned photographer and personality Nigel Barker, will feature worldwide icon Naomi Campbell, bombshell sensation Karolina Kurkova and fashion ‘It’ girl Coco Rocha as they mentor these young women in the cutthroat world of fashion and grant them unprecedented access to real clients and national brands.
During the series premiereairing onTuesday, February 12 at 9 PM ET/PT,the 12 hopefuls move into the ultra-posh loft and compete in their first “Test Shoot” led by Naomi called “Who Wore It Better.” With the challenge centered on creativity and knowledge, emotions run high as the eager young women strive to impress the fashion icon by putting together their best look while showcasing the same item of clothing as another contestant. The drama continues to unfold as the teams compete in a “Campaign” challenge requiring them to interpret the frames of a storyboard for high-end fashion publication, W magazine, at a shoot on the docks overlooking New York City with legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier. With reputations at stake, each supermodel coach must mentor their team through the peaks and pitfalls of the fashion industry to determine who has what it takes to become “The Face.”
Meet The 12 Model Hopefuls on Oxygen’s “The Face”:
Hometown: Murmansk, Russia
Growing up in Northern Russia, Aleksandra was known for her fun, energetic and outgoing personality. It was not until she won a beauty contest in her early teens that she discovered her passion for modeling. Now living in the United States, she has been steadfast in navigating the industry for almost three years and hopes that being a part of “Team Naomi” will give her the edge to become “The Face.”
Hometown: Victoria, Canada
Raised on a farm in Canada, Jocelyn has a confident and no-nonsense personality. Despite her rural upbringing, this striking Chinese/Icelandic model is always up for an adventure and loves participating in extreme sports. However, it was Jocelyn’s strong interest in the modeling industry that brought her to New York. Since her move, she has gained experience modeling for Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as successful catalog and print campaigns for Guess and Forever 21. After three years pursing her dream, “The Face” is Jocelyn’s chance to truly make her mark in the industry.
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Raised by a single mother, Sandra overcame a lot of hardships, but is ready to make her mark on the fashion industry. Following her brother’s sudden death, she realized life was too short to not pursue her dreams and immediately immersed herself into the world of modeling. Now, the young African American model has done shows for numerous high-end designers including Christian Louboutin, Tory Burch and LK Bennett London. More than ever before, Sandra is motivated to take her career to the next level.
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Born and raised in a traditional home in Shanghai, China, ZiLin’s natural beauty and easy-going personality afforded her an early career in modeling. She furthered her career in fashion with interests in styling and design while holding on to her ultimate dream of becoming a world-famous model. In 2011, ZiLin was crowned Miss China Universe. Anxious to leave the pageant circuit behind, ZiLin came to the United States to vie for the chance to be the next big supermodel.
Hometown: Anderson, IN
Growing up in a small town in Indiana, Brittany always stood out. She was discovered in a shopping mall at the age of 16 and hasn’t stopped modeling since. In 2008, she was named Miss Indiana USA and most recently appeared in Esquire magazine. In her career, Brittany has walked the runway in Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week and Miami Swim Week while also booking jobs internationally. An all-American girl, Brittany says that her sweet disposition will not get in the way of her truly competitive nature. Brittany currently lives in New York and knows “The Face” is the ultimate stepping stone to launch her career even further.
Growing up in Roswell, Georgia, Costa Rica and Los Angeles, Margaux knew after booking her first job at age nine that modeling was her true passion. She is currently pursuing a degree in Journalism at Fullerton College and enjoys rock climbing and writing in her free time. This Latina beauty is signed with Wilhelmina and has secured jobs with Virgin Mobile, Tide, JC Penney, Forever 21 and Hyundai. She can also be seen in the February 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam.
Hometown: Annapolis, CA
A mother determined to make a better life for her family; Marlee was raised by her mom and knows a thing or two about hard work and responsibility. She always aspired to be in the modeling industry. After moving to Pittsburgh with her long-term boyfriend and their daughter, she signed to an agency in NYC and would travel by bus multiple times a week for castings in the Big Apple. When her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Marlee moved back home to California to take care of her, but hasn’t lost sight of her supermodel dreams. Her young ambition and dedication is a fit for Coco’s team and hopes the competition could change her and her family's life forever.
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Having never modeled a day in her life, this quirky student took a chance at an open audition for “The Face.” After tragically losing both parents at an early age, Stephanie was raised by her aunt and uncle in San Francisco, CA. Her independent personality has prepared her for the cutthroat world of fashion. Determined to honor her parent’s memory, she’ll do whatever it takes to become “The Face.”
Hometown: Atascadero, CA
Christy is a confident, self-proclaimed nerd from a small town in California. A history buff who loves all things vintage and swing dancing, she was instantly mesmerized with the industry after being selected to model for a local store when she was 13-years-old. As the daughter of a minister, her parents were leery about her becoming involved in the modeling world. However, with modeling as her only form of income, she is determined to make it in Los Angeles and knows “The Face” would not only launch her career, but change her life.
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Devyn is a strong-willed and ambitious African American woman from the Bronx, NY. She is a single mom that’s determined to make a life for her family despite the struggles she has endured. Currently working three jobs, Devyn continues to find time to model on the side and feels this is her last chance to make it in the industry. A chance to win “The Face” and become a brand ambassador for ULTA beauty would transform her life.
Ebony Olivia @im_ebolicious
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
An Indianapolis native, Ebony always knew she wanted to be a model, but her dream was put on hold in high school when she became a mother of two and forced to find a more stable job. Now a preschool teacher, Ebony is putting it all on the line to make it as a strong, African American model in the industry. Her determination and motivation exceed experience yet, Ebony hopes to make her children proud and fulfill the legacy of her mentor, Karolina Kurkova.
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Growing up with a close-knit supportive family in Melbourne, Australia, Madeleine was discovered at the age of 15. She has appeared in numerous print ads, runway shows and television commercials. With the experience she has attained, Madeleine believes she can surpass the other hopefuls on “The Face” and looks forward to taking her abilities to the next level with the help of her coach.
Fans of “The Face” can access exclusive content and join the conversation on the show’s social accounts, including Facebook, Twitter,Tumblr, Google+ and Pinterest. Fans may tweet or read about the series using #TheFace hashtag on Twitter. The supermodel coaches and host can also be followed via Twitter using @NaomiCampbell, @KarolinaKurkova, @CocoRocha and @NigelBarker.
“The Face” is produced by Shine America with Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Andrew Frank and Naomi Campbell serving as executive producers.
About Oxygen Media
Oxygen Media is a multiplatform entertainment brand that delivers relevant and engaging content to young women who like to "live out loud." Oxygen is rewriting the rulebook for women's media by changing how the world sees entertainment from a young woman's point of view. Through a vast array of unconventional and original content, including “The Glee Project,” “The Face,” "Best Ink," “I’m Having Their Baby” and "Bad Girls Club," the growing cable network is the premier destination to find unique and groundbreaking unscripted programming. “The Glee Project” is a winner of a 2012 Gracie Award which honors programming created for women, by women and about women for “Outstanding Reality Show.” A social media trendsetter, Oxygen is a leading force in engaging modern young women, wherever they are, with popular, award winning features online including www.OxygenLive.com, the real time social viewing party that is also available as an app for the iPhone and iPad. Oxygen is available in 80 million homes, and can be found online and on mobile devices at www.oxygen.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/OxygenPR. Oxygen Media is a service of NBCUniversal.
About Shine America
Shine America is a world leader in producing and distributing compelling scripted and unscripted television and digital content and through its global Shine 360? division, building brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. Shine America is known for popular and award-winning original series including The Biggest Loser, Tabatha Takes Over and upcoming series The Face; adaptations of Shine Group formats MasterChef, Minute to Win It, One Born Every Minute and Parental Control; long-running scripted hits The Office, Ugly Betty, and The Tudors; and over 20 ground-breaking original online series on MSN, Yahoo!, YouTube premium channels and other platforms, many of these produced in partnership with global brands such as Walmart, Toyota, Kraft Foods, Subway and Microsoft. Through Shine Group’s distribution arm, Shine International, Shine America distributes its extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries. Visit www.shineamerica.com for further information.