'The Face' Season 2: Nigel Barker & Lydia Hearst Dish On 'Drama' & Give Model Advice [EXCLUSIVE]
A fresh set of modeltestants appeared on season 2 of The Face for a grueling competition along with two new mentors - Lydia Hearst and Anne Vyalitsyna.
During the season 2 premiere on Wednesday, the contestants were expected to strip down in New York's Bryant Park and walk in a pop-up runway show, where a bit of animosity between two coaches was quickly showcased.
Coach and executive producer Naomi Campbell engaged in an argument with Anne V over who would get Russian contestant Kira Dikhtyar on their team. Dikhtyar ended up on Team Naomi.
Yet, while the confrontations get heated, Hearst told Enstars that any drama viewers see stems from a desire to help the contestants succeed.
"At the end of the day we are all still friends and get along and love and respect each other," she said after the cast rang Nasdaq's closing bell in Times Square on Wednesday.
"If there's any drama it's because we are all so passionate about our girls because we take our mentoring seriously and it doesn't just end with the show, we are really with the girls for life."
In fact, the coaches seemed to get along just fine as Campbell greeted Anne V with a kiss on the cheek at the Nasdaq ceremony. And Hearst even noted that working with Campbell was a memorable part of being on the Oxygen series.
The competition show, which debuted in 2013, exposes viewers to the world of the fashion industry as the supermodel coaches guide their team through various assignments, including photo shoots and commercials.
Each week, a representative from a brand featured on the episode chooses the strongest team. The coaches from the bottom two teams nominate one of their own mentees to be eliminated. The winning coach then decides who to send home.
This season, the pressure is mounting even more so than last, since the hopefuls are working hard for their chance to land a spread in Elle magazine's July issue as well as to become the face of Frederic Fekkai's fall 2014 campaign.
"It's really a fabulous season," host Nigel Barker also told Enstars. "New supermodels means new insight, new angle and new direction."
The famed fashion photographer, who will also act as an advisor to the contestants this time around, said he learned a lot from the first season and is better "prepared" to raise the bar.
In order to stand out, the modeltestants, he said, need to have confidence and must inspire everybody around them, including the supermodel coaches, the designers and the magazine executives.
"If you give yourself many restrictions and if you hold yourself back you're not going to win," he said. "You need to let go and be spontaneous."
Hearst, who noted how remarkable it was seeing rookies transition into real models, also agrees with Barker.
"You just have to embrace every moment and you have to learn to love yourself," she said of inspiring models. "And, you got to have fun because it's fun working in fashion."
--The Face airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST on Oxygen.