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'The Face' series premiere review: Naomi Campbell is going to blow

From left, executive producer and supermodel coach Naomi

From left, executive producer and supermodel coach Naomi Campbell, supermodel coach Karolina Kurkova and supermodel coach Coco Rocha in "The Face" -- Episode 109. Credit: Oxygen Media

THE SHOW "The Face"

WHEN | WHERE Premieres Tuesday night at 9 on Oxygen

WHAT IT'S ABOUT Think "America's Next Top Model" meets "The Voice," sans the spinning chairs, as three of fashion's best-known bombshells: Naomi Campbell (who produced the seven-episode series), Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha, each mentor a team of model wannabes, one of whom will become the newest face of beauty retailer Ulta. Along the way, competitors win perks (oooh, a $5,000 shopping spree at Top Shop), and wide exposure in publications such as W Magazine. "ANTM" expat/renowned photographer Nigel Barker is the easy-on-the eyes expert host of this fashion reality-show competition, and episodes are peppered with appearances by top industry insiders such as the famous model-agent Bethann Hardison and legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier, along with interesting celeb cameos from folks such as New York Knicks' fashionista Amar'e Stoudemire.

MY SAY Wow. There's a real deal quality to this gig, as in, it's not a bit hokey, as are many reality show competitions. Unlike "ANTM," the coaches don't judge. Instead, they leave that to industry experts who are authentic: smart, tough and unemotional. While the scenes are beautifully shot in NYC, you are most riveted by the drop-dead G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S faces of the Campbell, Kurkova and Rocha troika, leading you to ponder -- do any of the contestants come close to having "it" -- which is, of course, at the heart of the competition.

The challenges are a fashion lover's dream, among them a quick-fire "Who wore it better?" contest, pitting two of the girls side-by-side in the same clothes while making them choose their own accessories to achieve a particular vibe. You'll feel the power of a Lucite bracelet.

As for Miss Thing (that would be Campbell, a well-known hothead), well you're waiting for her to explode, and, based on an early episode -- trust us -- it's going to happen.

BOTTOM LINE Fashion lovers will truly enjoy this yummy sartorial feast.


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