ANNE V AND LYDIA HEARST TO JOIN NAOMI CAMPBELL AS SUPERMODEL COACHES ON SEASON TWO OF OXYGEN'S MODELING COMPETITION SERIES "THE FACE"
Host Nigel Barker Returns for New Season Airing Early 2014
NEW YORK, NY - September 3, 2013 - Oxygen Media announced that supermodels Anne V and Lydia Hearst will join worldwide icon and executive producer Naomi Campbell as supermodel coaches on the sophomore season of critically acclaimed modeling competition series "The Face." The series returns with host Nigel Barker in a new expanded role, as a confidante and advisor to the 12 supermodel hopefuls. "The Face" goes beyond the glamour as three iconic supermodel coaches battle it out to find the newest face of a well-known, national brand. Produced by Shine America, season two is scheduled to premiere in early 2014 with ten episodes. "The Face" is fast becoming a global phenomenon. Since its debut on Oxygen earlier this year, local versions of the show with Campbell have been announced in both the UK for Sky Living and Australia for Foxtel.
"Anne V and Lydia are passionate, accomplished and highly regarded supermodels in the fashion industry," said Rod Aissa, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. "Bringing in two new coaches for season two of "The Face" alongside the legendary Naomi Campbell gives our cast of hopefuls the ultimate opportunity to learn from the industry's best."
"We are thrilled to welcome Anne V and Lydia to 'The Face,' which is fast becoming a global phenomenon," says Shine America President and "The Face" Executive Producer Eden Gaha. "Alongside Naomi, our supermodel coaches will make an incredible team of mentors for a new group of hopeful models. This upcoming season promises to be truly compelling."
"The Face" gives viewers unprecedented access inside the world of the fashion industry as three teams of aspiring models, each led by a supermodel coach, are guided through real life assignments, including photo shoots and commercials. Throughout the series, the supermodel coaches mentor young hopefuls using the lessons and skills they have learned to guide their teams through challenges that accurately depict what it takes to have a career as a model and be the face of a brand. The models will be exposed to the biggest and most influential names in the industry who appear throughout the show to help judge and lend their expertise. In the end, only one girl will be chosen to become 'The Face' of a major national brand, earning a real contract as the brand ambassador.
Naomi Campbell - @NaomiCampbell
Executive Producer and Supermodel Coach
One of the five original supermodels, Naomi Campbell was born in London and caught her break when she was 15 years old. She has graced the covers of more than 500 magazines during her career, and has been featured in campaigns for Burberry, Prada, Versace, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino to name a few. Campbell was also the first black model to appear on the cover of Time magazine, French Vogue and Russian Vogue as well as the first British black model to appear on the cover of British Vogue. The runway was her domain as she showcased the collections of top designers, including Chanel, Azzedine Ala?a, Christian Dior and Versace. Campbell has appeared in countless TV shows, music videos and films, including "The Cosby Show," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," Madonna's "Erotica," Bob Marley's "Is This Love" and Michael Jackson's "In The Closet." Campbell also serves as an executive producer and supermodel coach on the UK version of "The Face" for Sky Living.
Campbell is also responsible for an incredible amount of fundraising and charity work in South Africa and across the globe. She began such humanitarian efforts with Nelson Mandela in 1993, and in 1997 he named her "Honorary Granddaughter" for her dedicated activism. In 2005, she established Fashion For Relief and hosted its first charity fashion show during New York Fashion Week to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Since its conception in 2005, Fashion For Relief has presented shows in New York, London, Cannes, Moscow, Mumbai and Dar es Salaam, raising millions of dollars for various causes.
Anne V - @AnneV
Anne Vyalitsyna, simply known as Anne V, is a Russian born Supermodel whose high profile campaigns have spanned over a decade. At the age of fifteen, Anne V won IMG/ MTV's "Fashionably Loud" contest in Milan. Within six months of being discovered, she had appeared in campaigns for Anna Molinari, Chloé and Sportmax and signed a highly publicized four year contract to become the first face of Chanel Chance perfume. Over the past decade, Anne has graced the runway of every major fashion house including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Fendi, Dolce and Gabbana, Givenchy and Roberto Cavalli. Along with her work in the world of high fashion, Anne is one of only a handful of models ever to cross over into the commercial mainstream with a nine year consecutive run in the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue (2005-2013) as well as making multiple appearances on the runway of the renowned Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
Anne has also appeared on the covers of the most prestigious fashion publications, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, GQ, ELLE, Harper's Bazaar, ID and Muse. Anne has appeared in numerous campaigns including, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Louis Vuitton, Gap, Maybelline, DKNY, Diesel, True Religion, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, H&M, Garnier, Revlon and Calvin Klein. Anne made her acting debut with supporting roles in feature films "A Good Day to Die Hard" and "Lullaby." She is also looking forward to the release of her first children's book "Anchovy The Flying Dog." In addition to modeling and entertainment pursuits, Anne been a big supporter of (RED), the annual TOMS Shoes campaign "One Day Without Shoes," Achilles International, Charity Water and Model Alliance.
Lydia Hearst - @LHearst
Actress and Supermodel Lydia Hearst has made quite a splash in the world of fashion and Hollywood. She was discovered by famed photographer Steven Meisel who shot her first magazine cover for Vogue Italia in April 2004. At 5'7", she has set runways, editorials, magazine covers and advertisements ablaze with a sophisticated, doll-like style and a dedicated no-nonsense attitude. She has worked with the greatest photographers in the world and has been featured in dozens of international campaigns including Prada, Bottega Veneta, NARS, Swarovski, MAC Cosmetics, Lord & Taylor, L'Oreal Feria, Alexander McQueen Eyewear, SAKS Fifth Avenue, Costume National, Miss Me Jeans, H&M, DKNY, Tarina Tarantino, Sephora and Louis Vuitton amidst many others. She has walked in runway shows for designers including Fendi, Chanel Haute Couture, Jeremy Scott, Catherine Malandrino, Nicole Miller, Betsey Johnson and Agent Provocateur. Her face has also graced the covers of nine international editions of Vogue, as well as GQ, Elle, L'Official, Flaunt, Nylon, Harpers Bazaar, Playboy France and Numero.
Hearst has made a successful transition into acting with roles in indie films such as "Two Jacks," "The Last International Playboy," short films "Consumed," "Fame Fatale," "Cepheus" and "I am Aiko" and on television in "Gossip Girl." Hearst can next be seen in the films "Where Did You Sleep Last Night," psychological thriller "Delirium" and "Cabin Fever: Patient Zero." She recently launched a blog LoveLydiaHearst.com covering the world of fashion, beauty and health. She is also actively involved and serves as an ambassador for Operation Smile.
Nigel Barker - @NigelBarker
Nigel Barker is internationally renowned for his photography and has been a creative force in the worlds of fashion, beauty and entertainment for the past 20 years. His work has included commercials, spokesperson roles, books, photographic exhibitions and international editorial assignments. As a filmmaker, his projects have highlighted some of the world's most pressing issues with documentaries such as "Dreams Are Not Forgotten," which he directed and produced, earning the Film Heals Award from the Manhattan Film Festival. He published his first and much anticipated book, Nigel Barker's Beauty Equation in 2010, which is being developed into a skincare and cosmetics lines designed to get women "Camera Ready." In 2013, Barker's photographs became available to the public through partnerships with Art.com and Rock Paper Photo. He also served for 17 seasons as a judge on "America's Next Top Model." As well as being an ambassador for the UN Foundation's Girl Up initiative he is a spokesperson and Ambassador for the Make A Wish Foundation, ASPCA and The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Barker lives in New York City with his wife Cristen and their two children, Jack and Jasmine.
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, @LHearst, @AnneV and @NigelBarker.
"The Face" is produced by Shine America with Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Matt Westmore 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 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. 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 program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal.
About Shine America
Shine America is a world leader in producing and distributing compelling scripted and unscripted television and digital content. Shine America is known for popular and award-winning original series including The Biggest Loser and The Face, as well as adaptations of Shine Group formats such as MasterChef and Minute to Win It, and scripted series including new drama The Bridge. Shine America incorporates several divisions including unscripted format label Ardaban and Shine Latino, which develops and distributes original Spanish-language content to the U.S. and Latin American marketplaces. The company also has a joint-venture with award-winning producer Nigel Lythgoe (Nigel Lythgoe Productions). The global Shine 360° division builds brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. The company has also developed over 20 ground-breaking original online series on MSN, Yahoo!, YouTube premium channels and other platforms, many produced in partnership with global brands. 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.