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'The Face': Coco Rocha on Timing and Tumbles

Feb/27/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

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Meet supermodel (and star of ‘The Face’) Coco Rocha, who’s sharing her experience filming the high-stakes modeling competition on Oxygen. Rocha, Karolina Kurkova and Naomi Campbell each select four girls to compete on their team, with losing teams submitting models for elimination each week. In her third blog, Rocha reveals her team’s latest trials and gives solid advice to wannabe models. 

This week’s episode of The Face starts out with a quick-change challenge. Runway models often have two or more looks in a show, leaving us mere seconds backstage to throw on the next look and walk the runway. The girls are all done up in heavy red lipstick and slicked hair — the perfect look to be totally messed up in a hasty change. Karolina teaches the challenge and sets the bar mighty high by changing into a runway look in just 41 seconds.

Timing Is Everything: Team Naomi’s Zi Lin goes first with a time of 1:18, which she says is not good enough for her. Aside from being a magnificent beauty, Zi Lin is refreshingly humble in this competition — something some of the other girls could definitely learn from. Devyn of Team Karolina beats her time with 1:09, but Margaux (Team Coco) beats her by two seconds and wins a $5,000 shopping spree. Devyn complains that it isn’t fair because Margaux “wasn’t completely composed,” which a slo-mo recap proves to be false. Karolina is not impressed with her teammate’s poor sportsmanship and lets us all know it.

A Surprise Move: On a Sunday afternoon when we aren’t shooting, I’m called in unexpectedly to see my girl Marlee. She tells me that her family is facing financial difficulties back home and she needs to leave the competition. This comes as a total shock to me but at the end of the day family always comes first, so I completely understand and respect Marlee’s choice to leave.

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'The Face': Coco Rocha on Why Mean Models Finish Last — and More!

Feb/20/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Coco Rocha The Face
Courtesy Coco Rocha

Meet supermodel (and star of ‘The Face’) Coco Rocha, who’s sharing her experience filming the high-stakes modeling competition on Oxygen. Rocha, Karolina Kurkova and Naomi Campbell each select four girls to compete on their team, with losing teams submitting models for elimination each week. In her second blog, Rocha explains why she questions Campbell’s behavior and why mean models rarely “make it.”

This week’s episode begins with Christy (Team Karolina) making obnoxious remarks. She ignorantly claims Stephanie (Team Coco) needs to “work out every day.” There’s no such thing as one perfect body type, just like there isn’t just one ideal skin or eye color.

One thing that does make or break a model’s career is her attitude, and this girl has a horrible one. At the end of the day the only thing you can’t work off at the gym is an ugly personality. With very few exceptions, mean girls do not make it in my industry.

“She Won Fair and Square:” The 60-sec. test shoot involves striking as many usable poses possible while modeling eyewear. I teach the challenge, showing the girls my “160 poses in 60 seconds” routine – they get the idea that it’s OK to let go.

Team Coco does fairly well, but I’m really impressed with Madeline and Devyn from Team Karolina. Zi Lin never once thinks to actually put the glasses on her head and Sandra ends up with hair across her face in almost every shot. I later realize all of Team Naomi are in the bottom three and it was me who put them there. This will go over well.

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'The Face': Coco Rocha on Naomi Campbell's Door Slamming -- and More!

Feb/13/2013 at 01:43 PM ET

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Meet supermodel (and star of ‘The Face’) Coco Rocha, who’s joining us again to blog about her experience filming the high-stakes modeling competition on Oxygen. Supermodels Rocha, Karolina Kurkova and Naomi Campbell each select four girls to compete on their team, with losing teams submitting models for elimination each week. In her first blog, Rocha tells us why she picked her team, shares some behind-the-scenes insight on the shoots, and discusses that door slam…

In the casting special of my new show, The Face, the audience is introduced to “three of the biggest names in the world of modeling:” world-famous supermodel Naomi Campbell, Czech bombshell Karolina Kurkova, and some weird-looking girl named Coco Rocha… or was it Coca Roca? Oh hey, that’s me!

The team selection: Naomi announced she ‘had to have’ the first girl, Margaux, but I wasn’t going to let her go. In the end, the decision between Team Naomi or Team Coco was left up to Margaux herself – and she picked me! What? Even I would pick Naomi over me!

Next was Marlee, who would be my chameleon. Then Stephanie, the only one with absolutely no experience — a blank canvas. Finally, I picked Brittany, 26, whom Karolina Kurkova, 28, called “too old” in front of Naomi Campbell, 42. (Oh KK, them’s fighting words!) I saw boldness and a fight in Brittany and called her to Team Coco.

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