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Naomi Campbell and Her Supermodel Castmates Dish About Their New ‘Face’

We were more than a little disappointed to learn that we missed Dan Stevens aka Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey when he lunched with producer Paula Wagner at Table One on Monday. (Doesn’t he know Wednesday is the day for lunch at Michael’s?) Luckily, today’s oh-so-fabulous lunch with the cast of Oxygen’s new ’supermodel competition’ series, The Face, more than made up for it. While in town to promote the new series, which premieres Tuesday, February 12 at 9 pm on Oxygen, supermodels Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova, Coco Rocha and renowned photographer Nigel Barker decided to make ‘Lunch’ their sole joint appearance on their whirlwind media tour.

I couldn’t imagine what yet another reality competition series about fashion could bring to the party, but when I watched the screener of the premiere episode in anticipation for our lunch I was pleasantly surprised. Aside from its stellar production values, The Face has some serious fashion cred thanks to executive producer and supermodel coach Naomi Campbell’s considerable star power (along with fellow coaches Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha) and unrivaled sense of what works. As host, Nigel Barker is a commanding yet reassuring presence. Everything on the show has an authenticity that real fashionistas will appreciate, while giving ‘civilians’ a true glimpse into what it really takes to make it in modeling. The most refreshing twist the series offers is in its approach to working with the 12 hopefuls vying to be the new face of ULTA Beauty. The contestants also get some major opportunities in the course of the show, including photo shoots with the legendary Patrick Demarchelier and challenges with W magazine. Celebrities Wendy Williams and Amare Stoudemire make appearances as guest judges.

Coco Rocha and Diane Clehane

The three supermodels act as mentors to their respective teams and took their roles very seriously. Even though the show wrapped months ago, Naomi, Karolina and Coco forged such strong bonds with their ‘girls’ that all of them remain in touch with the wannabe models, offering career advice whenever the need should arise. “I really worry about my girls,” Naomi told me. “It’s funny, when I’m working in New York or Paris, I always feel like I’m going to miss everyone when the week is over, but after a few days you get on with it. When we finished shooting the show, I felt a little sad. I still talk to my girls and I’m texting them all the time. I really grew quite fond of them.”

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Julia Allison Shills For Sony

New York media personality, blogger and entrepreneur Julia Allison has a new gig: corporate spokesperson.

Gawker
reports that Allison has signed a year-long deal to make commercials for Sony.

According to Sony, Allison’s involvement is part of a new integrated marketing campaign that is similar to last year’s HDNA campaign. The concept involves a “panel” of celebrities who serve as brand ambassadors. Other celebs involved in this year’s campaign include Justin Timberlake, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (who was in last year’s commercials, see above), ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, “America’s Next Top Model” judge Nigel Barker, comedienne Amy Sedaris and cinematographer Dion Beebe. The campaign will include national commercial spots, online banner ads, radio and newsprint ads, as well as in-store merchandising, Sony said.

Although the Gawker post about Allison’s new venture is actually very nice to the notorious lifecaster, the best part of the piece is its comment section, in which Allison defends herself and her work. She notes that the Sony deal includes two national television spots, which she shot in June. We’ll keep an eye out for those once the commercials start running next month. (Sony says they’ll start in September and run through next year.)

Also in the comments, Allison revealed some details about a pilot she shot for Bravo for a reality show called “IT Girls.” She said the pilot “sucked” and wasn’t picked up. “This one was really bad,” Allison said about the pilot. “Let’s just put it this way: they chose NYC Prep over it. Yeah. Let that one sink in.”

We’re intrigued. Hey, Julia, any chance we can see this horrible pilot?

The Upscaling Of Julia AllisonGawker

After the jump, Sony’s full release about its new marketing campaign

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