All the hype was leading up until tonight! The final twelve have been selected by "The Face" coaches, Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova, to compete to become the next big supermodel and the face of ULTA Beauty. Let's meet the teams who will duke it out (and represent their supermodel mentors) on the season premiere next Tue., Feb. 12 at 9/8c.—GAME ON!
Hometown: Murmansk, Russia
Growing up in Northern Russia, Aleksandra was known for her fun, energetic and outgoing personality. It was not until she won a beauty contest in her early teens that she discovered her passion for modeling. Now living in the United States, she has been steadfast in navigating the industry for almost three years and hopes that being a part of “Team Naomi” will give her the edge to become “The Face.”
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Born and raised in a traditional home in Shanghai, China, ZiLin’s natural beauty and easy-going personality afforded her an early career in modeling. She furthered her career in fashion with interests in styling and design while holding on to her ultimate dream of becoming a world-famous model. In 2011, ZiLin was crowned Miss China Universe. Anxious to leave the pageant circuit behind, ZiLin came to the United States to vie for the chance to be “The Face” of ULTA beauty.
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Raised by a single mother, Sandra overcame a lot of hardships, but is ready to make her mark on the fashion industry. Following her brother’s sudden death, she realized life was too short to not pursue her dreams and immediately immersed herself into the world of modeling. Now, the young African American model has done shows for numerous high-end designers including Christian Louboutin, Tory Burch and LK Bennett London. More than ever before, Sandra is motivated to take her career to the next level.
Hometown: Victoria, Canada
Raised on a farm in Canada, Jocelyn has a confident and no-nonsense personality. Despite her rural upbringing, this striking Chinese/Icelandic model is always up for an adventure and loves participating in extreme sports. However, it was Jocelyn’s strong interest in the modeling industry that brought her to New York. Since her move, she has gained experience modeling for Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as successful catalog and print campaigns for Guess and Forever 21. After three years pursing her dream, “The Face” is Jocelyn’s chance to truly make her mark in the industry.
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Having never modeled a day in her life, this quirky student took a chance at an open audition for “The Face.” After tragically losing both parents at an early age, Stephanie was raised by her aunt and uncle in San Francisco, CA. Her independent personality has prepared her for the cutthroat world of fashion. Determined to honor her parent’s memory, she’ll do whatever it takes to become “The Face.”
Hometown: Annapolis, CA
A mother determined to make a better life for her family; Marlee was raised by her mom and knows a thing or two about hard work and responsibility. She always aspired to be in the modeling industry. After moving to Pittsburgh with her long-term boyfriend and their daughter, she signed to an agency in NYC and would travel by bus multiple times a week for castings in the Big Apple. When her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Marlee moved back home to California to take care of her, but hasn’t lost sight of her supermodel dreams. Her young ambition and dedication is a fit for Coco’s team and hopes the competition could change her and her family's life forever.
Hometown: Anderson, IN
Growing up in a small town in Indiana, Brittany always stood out. She was discovered in a shopping mall at the age of 16 and hasn’t stopped modeling since. In 2008, she was named Miss Indiana USA and most recently appeared in Esquire magazine. In her career, Brittany has walked the runway in Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week and Miami Swim Week while also booking jobs internationally. An all-American girl, Brittany says that her sweet disposition will not get in the way of her truly competitive nature. Brittany currently lives in New York and knows “The Face” is the ultimate stepping stone to launch her career even further.
Hometown: Roswell, GA
Growing up in Roswell, Georgia, Costa Rica and Los Angeles, Margaux knew after booking her first job at age nine that modeling was her true passion. She is currently pursuing a degree in Journalism at Fullerton College and enjoys rock climbing and writing in her free time. This Latina beauty is signed with Wilhelmina and has secured jobs with Tide, JC Penney, Forever 21 and Hyundai. She can also be seen in the February 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam.
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Growing up with a close-knit supportive family in Melbourne, Australia, Madeleine was discovered at the age of 15. She has appeared in numerous print ads, runway shows and television commercials. With the experience she has attained, Madeleine believes she can surpass the other hopefuls on “The Face” and looks forward to taking her abilities to the next level with the help of her coach.
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
An Indianapolis native, Ebony always knew she wanted to be a model, but her dream was put on hold in high school when she became a mother of two and forced to find a more stable job. Now a preschool teacher, Ebony is putting it all on the line to make it as a strong, African American model in the industry. Her determination and motivation exceed experience yet, Ebony hopes to make her children proud and fulfill the legacy of her mentor, Karolina Kurkova.
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Devyn is a strong-willed and ambitious African American woman from the Bronx, NY. She is a single mom that’s determined to make a life for her family despite the struggles she has endured. Currently working three jobs, Devyn continues to find time to model on the side and feels this is her last chance to make it in the industry. A chance to win “The Face” and become a brand ambassador for ULTA beauty would transform her life.
Hometown: Atascadero, CA
Christy is a confident, self-proclaimed nerd from a small town in California. A history buff who loves all things vintage and swing dancing, she was instantly mesmerized with the industry after being selected to model for a local store when she was 13-years-old. As the daughter of a minister, her parents were leery about her becoming involved in the modeling world. However, with modeling as her only form of income, she is determined to make it in Los Angeles and knows “The Face” would not only launch her career, but change her life.
Watch the girls celebrate their move into the loft with a little bubbly and the coaches stake their claim on the top prize (all videos are right here):