With new reality shows coming out every month, it’s hard to keep up with the ones with actual purpose.
Oxygen’s premiere model competition show The Face focuses on exactly what it promises: finding the newest face of modeling. Led by coaches (and supermodels) Karolina Kurkova, CoCo Rocha, and Naomi Campbell–equally competing for bragging rights–a batch of aspiring models go head-to-head in different challenges fighting for the coveted title.
Young mothers Ebony and Devyn are Team Karolina and sacrificing quality time with their kids in pursuit of a better life for their families. Then there is Team Naomi standout Sandra, one of the more misunderstood models of the bunch.
With the finale airing tonight (Mar. 26) at 9 p.m., Vixen caught up with two of the finalists contestants and the model whose controversial departure had the Twitter world buzzing. — Sharifa Daniels
VIBE Vixen: How has it been so far?
Devyn: It’s an amazing opportunity for all the girls and me. We all want to win, but it’s also about the experience itself and learning from these supermodels. The best way to learn to be a model is from Naomi, Karolina and CoCo.
How’s it learning under the guidance of Karolina, specifically?
It’s great working with Karolina. She’s such a humble person. She really understands what this competition is about and what the person who wins the competition has to be. It’s not just about being a pretty face but knowing how to handle yourself correctly and being professional.
Is balancing being a mother and being on the show difficult?
It was more of me missing my daughter and wishing I could bring her on the show. It wasn’t like I could call her and see her face everyday. It was just me knowing that I have to make this experience completely worth it.
Have you noticed changes in yourself since the show began?
My focus. Doing the show has opened my eyes that anyone can do anything.
What’s the best advice Karolina has given you?
No matter what you do, have fun with it, even if you mess up. If you have a positive attitude about that, people appreciate that and would be willing to help you.
The elimination was a big deal for viewers. How did you deal with leaving the show?
There was a little more to the story. Karolina had to make a hard decision, and she chose me. I’m a little upset because I wanted [to win], but it’s just the beginning. It was a learning experience, and I learned a lot from the show.
What was the biggest thing you’ve learned being on the show?
Controlling my anger. I’m not that type of person. I felt there was more to the story off cameras, then people change when they get on camera and make me look like the bully when that’s not the case. They know I don’t play, and they used that against me just to get me out that house.
Do you think you and Naomi can relate on more levels because of her past anger issues?
Yes, and I think that was the main reason I was on Naomi’s team. She sees potential in me because she’s been there. It’s only right that I learn from the best, and that’s what she is.
What’s the best advice Naomi has given you?
Everything. This world is bigger than what I think it is. You have to be prepared for when the big stuff starts happening. You have to have that strength and that courage to do this. If I was on Karolina or CoCo’s team, they probably would’ve kicked me off already, but Naomi saw something in me that a lot of people don’t see.
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VIBE Vixen: What would this win mean to you?
Ebony: It would be a great start to a career. The Face is meant to be the beginning, and that’s what draws me to the show. If I win, I’ll be the face of the brand, and when you’re the face of a brand, people are going to notice you.
What has been the craziest response you’ve received since the shows aired?
Someone made the comment about me having 12 children. I would like to clarify that I have two children, an amazing fiancé and a little one on the way. I have two children from a previous relationship that just did not work out. I think what throws people off is that I do have two children and I’m still going after my dream. I’m not giving up.
If you could do a shoot for any fashion line, which would it be?
My best friend from the time I was in 5th grade is a clothing designer. She’s been making clothes for me since we were 10 years old, and I wanted for the longest time to be her muse. There are so many designers out there that have already made it, but that would mean so much to me.
What do you think this show has taught you about yourself?
It definitely taught me that I have more patience than I thought. I’ve worked with mentally handicap children and I love it, but I’ve always told myself that I will never work with a group of adults. I can’t stand being around adults, but being on the show made me realize, it’s really not bad at all.
What do you think is the one thing you’ve learned from working under Karolina’s guidance?
It solidified the fact that you can be a mother and have an amazing career. You don’t have to sacrifice your career for motherhood.
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