LUXE GAL: The Face Winner Exclusive–More Face Babies & Yes, There’s A Season Two!By Maureen Martin | April 9, 2013 | Entertainment, Food Fashion Style
Devyn Abdullah won the premiere season of The Face, which makes her pretty Diva-licious! Luxe Gal chatted with the 21-year-old Bronx, NY, native and mom to find out what it was like being mentored by model royalty Karolina Kurkova, how she won the show and some major scoop on two of her fellow models. And yes, Oxygen has confirmed that the series will be back for season two with ten new episodes!
What was your biggest challenge on the show?
It was an interview segment with Pat Cleveland, [one of the legendary models who walked Versailles in 1973], and walking the red carpet. The carpet was surreal with people calling out your name and multiple cameras flashing. It was a learning experience ΓÇô I learned that it’s important to be a three-dimensional person.
What is your relationship with Karolina like post-competition? Are you still in touch?
We are still friendly. Karolina coaches me in life and work, and we relate to each other as models and moms. You will see us working together.
Tell us about the Ulta campaign.
It hasn’t been shot yet, but we will be shooting a Holiday 2013 campaign. As the brand ambassador, I will be in store for signings and participating in events related to upcoming fashion weeks. I will be seen in all 500 Ulta stores and on its website. The team at Ulta is great!
Was it hard to keep your win a secret?
Yes! It was so hard to not tell anyone. I didn’t though, and it was great seeing everyone’s joy and excitement when they announced that I had won.
Do you have friendships with other cast members?
I’m very close with Ebony ΓÇô we bonded over motherhood and Skype weekly. And I stay in touch with Britney and Madeline.
EDITOR SCOOP! Baby boom for the models: both Ebony and Marlee are pregnant!
Any advice to future models who audition for The Face?
Focus on competition, and don’t get distracted. Don’t get involved in the personality battles. My focus was always on winning and my daughter. When tension flared among the girls, I would escape to my bedroom and sit quietly, pray and focus on my girl.
What’s your personal style?
It changes daily but my home base is androgynous and edgy. Sometimes it’s girly or urban cool with Timberlands and baggy jeans. But there’s really no limits to my fashion expression.
What are some of your favorite shopping destinations?
How do you pamper yourself?
Part of my job is maintaining my hair, skin and nails ΓÇô it’s a daily thing that I have to stay on top of. Being a mom challenges me to keep up on everything. It’s a treat to have someone else do my hair and nails.
Your beauty regiment for healthy skin?
And your favorite food?
I’m a foodie! I love to cook and eat soul food. My signature dish is mac and cheese. I do my own variation with different cheeses like jack pepper cheese.
What’s next for you?
I want to stay relevant and in the public eye: modeling, hosting, creating a non profit. I attended Frank Sinatra High School for the Arts, and photography is my medium of expression. I had a photography showcase at the Harlem Museum of Art in 2009. So I guess it’s to take over the world!
DivaGals think Devyn would make a fabulous Bond Girl … OK, Hollywood, make it happen!