After just one episode of THE FACE AUSTRALIA, model contestants have been whittled down to 12 from 24, and tensions have flared between the three judges; Cheyenne Tozzi, Nicole Trunfio and the enigmatic Naomi Campbell. 21 year-old Brittaney from the Gold Coast is one of two Queenslanders to make the cut. I spoke to her about the competition, manifesting her own destiny, and what it’s really like as a member of #TeamNaomi.
Lucy: So what’s it like being a part of Fox 8’s exciting new show, The Face Australia?
Brittaney: It has been such an amazing experience! I really loved being on The Face. It was even better than I could have expected.
Lucy: So, you’ve made it through to the top 12 as a member of #TeamNaomi. How did you find working with Naomi Campbell?
Brittaney: I absolutely love her! She’s incredibly gorgeous and she’s really straight.
Lucy: She’s already had a couple of moments with the judges after just the one show. Is she as fiery in real life as she is on the show?
Brittaney: No - not at all actually. She’s really down to earth, and she’s just lovely. She gave us amazing advice all the time and she supported us completely.
Lucy: What was the best piece of advice she gave you?
Brittaney: Definitely the best bit of advice from Naomi was: be yourself and no matter how successful you might become, know that you can also improve yourself further.
Lucy: How did you find the other judges?
Brittaney: They were all very different. Everyone, to be honest is lovely. Nicole, Cheyenne – they all had their own personalities and each girl that was in each team suited their personalities.
Lucy: You lived together in a model loft – what was that like? Did you get along with most of the girls?
Brittaney: We all lived with our team mates, which was really cool actually, and I got on with all the girls. There were a few small issues among the girls here and there, and some big personality clashes, but you’ll have to watch to see!
Lucy: What was the hardest thing about living in the house with 11 other girls?
Brittaney: Everyone there became so close, so it was pretty sad when people started leaving. That was probably the hardest thing for me. But it was also hard living so closely with everyone all the time!
Lucy: So tell me how you got involved with the show? Did you just apply? Had you been modeling before?
Brittaney: When I first saw it I was just like “Oh yeah, it’s a TV show,” but then I was like “Oh - why not?” So, I just applied and then the universe kind of guided me. I have this number, number 22, and it guides me. It was showing me that I needed to be on this and that this was meant to be.
Lucy: You do reveal a little bit about your psychic abilities in the first episode – tell me a bit about them? Are they something you’ve had your whole life? Or something you’ve discovered as you got older?
Brittaney: Well, Ive kind of just grown up with it because my Mum is really, really psychic. I’ll literally say something and she will respond with what I’m thinking. But for me I kind of get signs – 22 is my number, so if I see 22 I know I’m on the right path. I’ll get visions and I’ll get feelings, and if I have both together, then that determines for me what is going to happen and what I need to do.
Lucy: Was the show what your were expecting? How did you find the challenges?
Brittaney: Everything was a surprise – we had no idea where we were going or what we were doing! We would get told to practice this and that, and then we would head out somewhere to shoot.
Lucy: What’s next for you? What would you like to do going on from here?
Brittaney: I really, really want to help people. My passions are helping others, writing and modeling – I’m currently writing a book about my weight loss called No Diet Needed. It’s about when I was overweight and then I lost the weight by using mind power and not dieting. And within a few short months, I lost 20 kilos. And now I want to inspire others to follow their dreams and know that they can change their weight, their life and their confidence. So that’s my main focus at the moment. But I’ll definitely pursue modeling as much as possible and travel, do fashion week, magazines – as much as I can! Long term, New York’s the big thing for me; that’s where I’d like to go.
Tune in #TheFaceAU Tuesdays at 8pm Qld time/9pm AEDT on @FOX8tv