To kick off's Style & Design section, we spoke with supermodel--turned--reality-show judge Naomi Campbell about her latest project. (You'll find more up-to-the-minute fashion and design news and commentary at

By Bronwyn Barnes
Updated September 21, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

What can we expect to see on your new show The Face when it comes to Oxygen next year?

The Face is a reality competition series that starts with 24 up-and-coming female models from all over the world…. I’ll mentor and guide them through assignments and challenges, including photo shoots, runway shows, and commercials. [The winner will become] the face and spokes person of a major national brand.

How have you managed to have such a lasting, successful career?

I’ve been blessed with a very long career in the modeling and fashion industry, but most modeling careers don’t last this long. There are lots of great models who have become successful businesswomen, from Cindy Crawford and Heidi Klum to Kate Moss and Iman. They’ve been able to take what they learned as models and transition that into the business world. They are proof that a model’s career doesn’t have to end when she’s off the runway.

Do you think that pop culture influences fashion trends?

Fashion is, and always has been, a reflection of the cultural viewpoints of the time. Think about the looks of the ’40s and ’50s versus fashions of the ’80s and even today. Fashion is influenced by what’s going on in pop culture and social issues, and it’s both aspirational and everyday at the same time.

What are you geeking out over right now?

I usually listen to typical R&B and pop music, but right now I’m really loving old-school music and I’ve recently rediscovered Kid Creole and the Coconuts. I’m loving them!

What lessons have you learned that could help make EW’s new Style & Design channel a success?

The great thing about modeling is that you learn so many important life lessons: how to work hard, take direction, persevere, and reinvent yourself creatively. These are important life lessons that are applicable to any industry.

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