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'The Face's female model contestants announced by Oxygen


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/10/2013 

The Face has unveiled its faces.

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Oxygen has revealed the identities of the 12 aspiring female models who will be competing on The Face, a new reality competition series that will feature contestants vying to win the opportunity to become "The Face" of ULTA Beauty.

Hosted by former America's Next Top Model fashion photographer and judge Nigel Barker, the new seven-episode series -- which is set to premiere on Tuesday, February 12 at 9PM ET/PT -- will follow 12 models as they compete in real-life challenges relevant to a supermodel's career.

On Tuesday, the network kicked off the series by airing The Face: The Fight to Make the Final 12, a one-hour special broadcast in which the show's three supermodel coaches Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha made their 12 selections amongst 24 hopefuls. Each coach walked away with four-person teams to mentor after the aspiring models battled it out in a series of tasks "assessing their fundamental skills and versatility" as models, according to Oxygen.

In the upcoming The Face season premiere, the 12 models will move into their New York loft and compete in their first Test Shoot called "Who Wore It Better." Afterwards, the girls will participate in a Campaign photo shoot challenge in which they must interpret the frames of a storyboard for W magazine while modeling on the docks overlooking New York City.

The Face is being produced by Shine America with Campbell, Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, and Andrew Frank serving as executive producers.

The 12 models who will be competing on The Face -- and their Oxygen-supplied bios -- are as follows:



"Team Naomi"

- Aleksandra, a 23-year-old from 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."

- Jocelyn, a 20-year-old from Victoria, Canada

Raised on a farm in Canada, Jocelyn has a confident and no-nonsense personality. Despite her rural upbringing, this striking Chinese and 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.

- Sandra, a 20-year-old from 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 so she 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.

- ZiLin, a 25-year-old from 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.


"Team Coco"

- Brittany, a 25-year-old from 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.

- Margaux, a 23-year-old from Roswell, GA

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.

- Marlee, a 23-year-old from 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.

- Stephanie, a 21-year-old from 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."


"Team Karolina"

- Christy, a 24-year-old from 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.

- Devyn, a 21-year-old from 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, a 21-year-old from 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.

- Madeleine, a 23-year-old from 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.



(Photo credit Oxygen)


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