Nicole v Naomi Face-off
Nicole Trunfio is a mentor on The Face Australia. Picture: Foxtel

Working alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell as a mentor and judge on new reality TV modelling search The Face Australia proved to be an intense experience for WA top model Nicole Trunfio.

The 27-year-old opened up to AAA Weekend about her time on the show, admitting she was left shocked by the 43-year-old's approach.

"She's definitely a character," Trunfio explained.

"I think that she has her own perception of the way things should be and she's quite tough.

"I don't know how to explain it, a lot of things I experienced, they're beyond me. They're just from another world; she comes from a different time for me.

"I'm all about professionalism, respect, dignity, just doing the right thing. Filming those kinds of shows, there's a lot of people involved and turning up late . . . it's just different.

"It was really intense filming that but it was an experience and I'm glad I did it."

Based on the original US series of the same name, The Face sees three supermodels go head-to-head as they mentor fresh-faced models in a bid to discover "the face" of a leading brand.

Campbell has been notorious for her diva antics throughout her tumultuous fashion career and was recently at the centre of a bullying scandal after an aspiring Russian model claimed she suffered "psychological damage" while appearing on The Face UK.

But it seems not even Trunfio is immune to Campbell's tantrum-throwing ways.

In a sneak peak of the show that has surfaced online this week, the Merredin-raised beauty is given a rude awakening as she attempts to convince a contestant to choose her as a mentor.

"I think I can provide what people know now in the industry," Trunfio says.

But Campbell interjects in disbelief, screaming "How can you say that, that is so rude", before storming off set.

Mentors of The Face Australia Cheyenne Tozzi, Naomi Campbell and Nicole Trunfio. Picture: Nicole Trunfio/ Instagram
Heated scenarios aside, Trunfio, who has just stripped down for the 50th anniversary shoot of the famed Pirelli calendar, admitted that even she had a lot to learn from Campbell.

"She's definitely an icon and I definitely looked up to her and her entire career," she said.

"I actually learnt a lot from her filming that show and I've come away feeling more like a grown woman."

Trunfio said she was honoured to be able to impart her experiences from the modelling world to emerging talent.

"We all come from different places and we just try to help as much as we can," she said.

"I started when I was 16 and I've been working internationally since then. I'm not from the time of the supermodels, where they were five supermodels defending their position.

"I just wanted to give as much as I could and try and describe my mistakes and my experiences."

It looks like the show will have a strong WA presence, with a number of local models already being announced as making the top 24, including Ruth Willmer, Sarah Tilleke and Kiara Rule.

The Face Australia launches on March 18 on Foxtel's FOX8 channel at 6pm.

The West Australian

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