InStyle joined Naomi Campbell in the flesh today as she launched her new TV show, The Face, at London’s Royal Opera House.
Joining Erin O’Connor and Caroline Winberg for the press conference, a stone’s throw away from where she was first discovered aged 14, Naomi talked about her ‘Drill Sergeant’ approach to mentoring on the show.
While Naomi admitted she pushed her prospective models ‘to their limits’, fellow mentor Erin described herself as ‘patient’ with great cuddle potential.
Naomi also touched on the subject of her campaign Balance Diversity, telling host Nick Grimshaw, “In the past 10 days there’s been a huge change in balance diversity."
“Giorgio Armani used four models of colour in his show, and a model of colour opened his show, which is something that I haven’t seen in a very long time. Jil Sander did. I’m naming names because this is a big improvement.”
Although the British supermodel did warn, “We don’t want this to be a trend; that designers begin using models of colour just because we are raising our voices. We hope they will keep doing it and we’re going to keep raising our voices until they do.”
As executive producer of The Face, Naomi explained her original fears of working in TV, “I was always afraid of doing television for many years; it was either following my life, which I will never do… and I don’t feel comfortable judging."
If the first two episodes are anything to go by, Naomi was wise to hold out for The Face. Two sneaky preview episodes in and we’re hooked!
Watch the first episode on Sky Living on Monday 30 September at 9pm. JB