Nigel Barker: 'We Had 'Explosions,' 'Clashes' And 'Arguments'

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

Luxury e-mag DuJour (which incidentally is published by Karolina's pal Jason Binn) spoke to Nigel for this month's issue. The lone gent on "The Face" dished on Naomi, Coco and Karolina's coaching styles, his role in any estrogen-fueled drama and how making the show was like giving birth.

On Naomi, Coco and Karolina's coaching styles:

You only need a very basic knowledge of these girls to know that they have very different viewpoints, and come from different places in the industry. Naomi is still at the top of her game after 30 years and doesn’t take no for an answer. You have Naomi, who is almost twice the age of the contestants, and Coco, at 23, is exactly the same age as them. And then there’s Karolina—one of Victoria’s Secret’s most famous angels—has babies of her own, so she’s a mother and a coach with a maternal instinct. It’s a very interesting dynamic; an interesting cocktail of ego and style and method.

On drama amongst the ladies:

Of course. It was my job to referee and mediate between them all. And when anybody needed a man’s shoulder to lean on I was the only one there. I got both the tears and the laughter. We had explosions and we had clashes and arguments. I was getting only 3 or 4 hours of sleep a night for 37 days straight, and when you have Naomi doing the same thing…and Coco and Karolina, you end up getting to see everything.

On nerves before the show's February 12 premiere:

It really felt like we were having a baby while making the show [laughs]. We’re all very proud of it, and at the same time we’re all somewhat interested and anxious about how it will be received. The pressure's good. We all thrive on pressure.

Read the full interview in DuJour here.

[Photo Credit: Walter Sassard for Oxygen Media]

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