Trunfio faces different role
Nicole Trunfio. Picture: Georges Antoni

Her last remaining model, Perth's Anouska Freedman, was sent packing from The Face Australia by catwalk queen Naomi Campbell on last week's episode of the Foxtel reality model search but WA supermodel Nicole Trunfio insists her stint on the show is far from over.

Speaking to AAA from New York last week after Freedman's shock departure, which caused uproar among viewers and Team Nicole fans, Trunfio kept mum about what her role would now entail but revealed that it would continue in another capacity.

"People will just have to wait until the next episode but I do have a major part with the rest of the girls," she told AAA. "It's more my forte and more built around my strengths, so I'm very happy with that."

Trunfio was disappointed that Campbell sent Freedman home last week but admitted that it felt like more of a strategic "attack" against her team.

"From the get-go she was definitely trying to take down my team in a major way," she said. "I thought my team had amazing potential and I was bothered as to why she was so threatened by us.

"Melise didn't even have a chance, she was my strongest girl, but Naomi knew how much I loved her and she got rid of her."

Trunfio said feedback on social media also spoke volumes about Campbell's tactics to eradicate Team Nicole.

"I read my Twitter, I read my Instagram, and the people have spoken, and the people are so Team Nicole, it's not even funny," she said.

"My girls aren't even there any more but they're still talked about."

That said, Trunfio wasn't about to start tearing down her rival mentor's teams.

"There's amazing girls on Team Naomi and Cheyenne (Tozzi) too, and I make it very clear that I'm not just there for my girls," she said. "Now they're gone, I'm there for everyone. I brushed off my life to share my knowledge and really inspire these girls to do modelling."

Nonetheless, the 28-year-old said she had considered returning to The Face Australia for another season.

"I would have to see how my schedule is, but if Naomi thought I was right for the show again, I would respect that and love to come back," she said. "But I'm not thinking that far ahead right now."

WA is still in with a chance of claiming victory in the series with three Perth models remaining in the competition, including hot favourite Sarah Tilleke, Ruth Willmer and Olivia Donaldson.

The West Australian

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