Finally, the time has come!
The new season of the hit modeling reality series The Face returns to Oxygen TONIGHT (10pm EST), and with less than 12-hours to go, we can hardly stand the excitement! This season, supermodel mentor and executive producer Naomi Campbell will go head-to-head with industry vets Anne Vyalitsyna and Lydia Hearst, as they set off to find the next face of the global haircare brand Frederic Fekkai. As always, the coaches will be tasked with assembling a team of young model hopefuls and guiding them through various fashion and modeling challenges featuring cameos by a number of industry professionals.
As two of today’s leading models, both Anne and Lydia are bringing more than enough experience to the table this season, the evidence of which was apparent in our recent phone interview with the competing coaches. The popular cover girls had quite a bit to say on the topic of career advice and what it takes to be a top model— a role they’re both well versed in no doubt. Ahead of tonight’s premiere, we’re letting you in on our full, behind-the-scenes interview with Anne and Lydia, in which the coaches discuss everything from what to expect from this season’s modeltestants, to the challenges they’ll face and what it really takes to be ‘the face.’
Lydia Hearst: You know it was really interesting; it was my first time ever really working behind the scenes. When you’re the model everyone sort of dresses you and styles you, so it wasn’t just a challenge for the 12 model contestants, but it was also a challenge and sort of a learning experience for myself whereas, I got to work with the stylists and choose the hair and makeup and also be a photo editor. It was a really rewarding and eye opening experience to sort of see how everything works behind the scenes, as well as in front of the camera. At the same time, it’s a little nerve wreaking to know that if you choose unwisely in a sense, one of the girls could potentially be going home.
Anne V: I completely agree with Lydia. I mean it was really challenging for I think all of us to be kind of on the other side of modeling. But I mean, I had 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 after taping, it’s kind of like a dream come true for me because I wish someone was there for me when I started out. Besides that, it was probably the craziest thing I’ve ever done in my life, but also the most fun thing too. I mean, working with Naomi and Lydia has been really such an awesome time.