On Tuesday night, Oxygen crowned the first winner of The Face, a competition of 12 model hopefuls divided into three teams. The show is hosted by Nigel Barker, who was a previous judge on America’s Next Top Model for seventeen seasons. The series follows three supermodel coaches, Coco Rocha, Karolina Kurkova, and Naomi Campbell as they compete with each other to find ‘the face’ of ULTA beauty, one of the fastest growing beauty retailers in the United States.
21 year-old single mom Devyn Abdullah, of the Bronx, New York, came out on top, making her coach, Czech-born Karolina Kurková proud.
In an interview with TIME Magazine:
Devyn, your life is about to change dramatically with this win. What does it mean to you?This moment, winning The Face, and being Ulta’s face for the 2013 campaign is my break. It’s me getting my foot in the door of the modeling industry, and I’m really excited about it. I want people to love me for me, to be attracted to me for my story and where I come from and to recognize me as a businesswoman. It’s amazing. Being a single mother, working four jobs before I did this show—any single mother can relate to how hard that is. I was made to model and I was made to be a mother, so why not do just that? The Face definitely helped me with it.
Devyn, you were working four jobs before you got the opportunity to compete. Where did you get that kind of strength & work ethic?
My daughter is the foundation of everything in my life. She’s given me the passion to know what life is all about and to value myself ten times more than I did before. There’s something about being a mother than changes your life, your motives. And being a single mother and coming out of high school I was pregnant when I was 19—I felt somewhat lost. Having my daughter put me in a place that put me where I knew what I wanted out of life because I knew what I needed to provide for her. Giving her what she needs is worth it.
Did you watch The Face this season? Were you happy with the winner?