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    challenge: “I want to see a different side of me.” The Face – which includes an episode featuring THE OUTNET.COM – pits Campbell’s talents against her fellow model judges, Erin O’Connor and Caroline Winberg, as they track down, nurture and mentor a future model star. “Whether my model wins or not, she will have learned and we will have helped her – that’s really why I came on the show,” she says.

    Television is a gear-shift for the woman who has spent years silently commanding the photographic lenses of the world’s greatest photographers, from Steven Meisel to Mario Testino. Her life has been at the very core of fashion: walking for the late Yves Saint Laurent; befriending Azzedine Alaïa; posing for the late Richard Avedon. “I learned something from each and every one I worked with; their different styles and ways of how they wanted you to be,” she says.

    A strong determinant of Campbell’s success to date is clearly her drive. “First and foremost I want to get the job

    done,” she states emphatically. Brought up by a single mother, Valerie, Campbell studied ballet at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts before beginning her stellar modeling career. “My mum is one of my main mentors,” says Campbell. “She always gave me the best advice.” (In the early days, Campbell says ballet helped inform her model poses, when she didn’t know what else to do.)

    Another huge inspiration to Campbell is Nelson Mandela. They met in 1994, and Campbell is in close contact with him. “He’s 95 and I’m just happy that he’s here
    today,” she says when we talk on the day of his birthday, her voice charged with emotion. “There will never be anyone like him again. When you meet him, you just get such a positive aura. It’s

    “There will NEVER be anyone like Nelson Mandela AGAIN. (He has) a positive AURA”

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