Contestants for Naomi Campbell’s new reality modelling competition The Face have been revealed, and nope, I still don’t see how this isn’t just America’s Next Top Model spiked with Campbell’s high-drama tantrums.
What we can tell from the 24 headshots posted to The Face‘s website on Thursday, December 20 is that the pose-off has managed to haul a diverse group of striking finalists. Who knew there were still models with superstar potential who haven’t already been through the career dead-end that is ANTM?
Of course, it wouldn’t be a reality show if there weren’t a few back stories ready to jerk your tears: Kimberly Davis is a former foster child who survived abuse, Sandra Woodley’s brother was murdered, and statuesque blonde Jessica Lytle chose to be home-schooled because she was teased so mercilessly for her height.
Hopefully Lytle’s skin’s not too thin. After all, she is joining a series starring Naomi Campbell, a model as known for her work with Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana and Victoria’s Secret as she is for hurling phones at maids and mayyybe accepting blood diamonds from a warlord?
Much like The Voice or The X Factor, Campbell and her fellow judges—Karolina Kurkova and Coco Roacha–will choose models for their “team,” mentoring the contestants in the hopes one of their prodigies will go on to win the grand prize: becoming The Face (see what they did there?) of Ulta Beauty.
The series premieres on Oxygen in the U.S. on Tuesday, February 5. No Canadian network has picked the series up yet. Come on Canada, get on that, would you?