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Don’t Mess With My (Ex) Man: Naomi Campbell Reportedly Having ‘The Face’ Contestant Blacklisted By The Fashion Industry
Earlier this week we told you that former contestant of Oxygen’s The Face and Miss Universe China 2011, Luo Zilin, was mysteriously dropped by her modeling management firm, MIX Model Management NYC, after she was photographed canoodling with Naomi Campbell’s on-again,off-again boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin. According to MIX co-founder, Neal Hamil, Luo was let go due to her alleged ”unprofessional conduct” and an “unacceptable work ethic.”
Although Hamil didn’t make direct mention of Luo’s relationship with Vlad, it really doesn’t take a rocket scientist to put it all together. Now Page Six is reporting that being dropped from her modeling management company may not be the only unfortunate event that the former pageant girl may experience at the hands of Ms. Campbell. One source claims that Naomi definitely had something to go with Luo being fired by her management firm.
“Naomi has been calling colleagues in the industry to try and stop Luo’s career. She is trying to take this woman out for no reason other than dating her ex-boyfriend,” the insider said.
The source went on to say that Naomi is calling in favors and pulling to have the 26-year-old Shanghai native dropped by her agent in China as well.
“Luo was fired by her management firm, and her Chinese agent has been asked to drop her. Naomi is trying to wreck her career. She has a lot of power in the modeling world.”
It’s also being speculated that due to the exclusivity of the area where Luo and Vlad were photographed, he told the paps where he would be to ensure that news of his creeping with her former protégé leaked back to Naomi.
“Only a few people know the location of that villa. It’s hard to find, and he suspects she told the paparazzi.”
Sources close to Naomi, however, claim that she’s too busy to be sabotaging Luo’s career.
“She is totally focused on ‘The Face.’ She’s in London working around the clock on the British version of the show. This isn’t easy for Naomi. This relationship seems almost designed to hurt her. She is trying hard to keep a brave face and not to think about it.
“Naomi isn’t trying to destroy Luo’s career, Luo’s agents wanted to get rid of her,” the source continued. “And there’s no way Naomi would have known they were in Ibiza.”
This is messier than any reality show!
I think I’m going to start a petition to change the three “Rs” kids learn in school to reading, writing, and responsibility because there seems to be a rather large dearth of the latter going around.
Bringing up (several) yesterday’s news, rapper Shawty Lo recently sat down for an exclusive with Sister 2 Sister magazine, and it’s clear from the interview the 37-year-old is still a little salty he’s not going to be a reality star. We’re sure you remember the controversy that was “All My Baby Mamas.” If not, here’s the gist: Oxygen planned to air a reality TV show about Shawty Lo and the 10 women who fathered his 11 children, black folks went crazy and petitioned for the show to never see the light of day, Oxygen buckled under pressure, Shawty Lo started his own petition to bring the show back and has been crying, whining, and begging ever since.
In his latest interview with S2S, the misguided Atlanta rapper, unless we’re talking about his little troopers’ sense of direction up the birth canal, seems to think the concept of his show — remember 11 kids, 10 baby mamas — wasn’t the real problem. It was simply the title of the show. He told publisher Jamie Foster Brown:
“I really feel like the name that Oxygen came up with, ‘All My Babies’ Mamas,’ was dumb from the beginning when I heard that name. It was just the name of the reality show [that turned people off]”
Sorry, Shawty but I have to respectfully disagree. “All My Baby Mamas” was just the icing on that ratchet cake. The show could have been called “Shawty and ‘Dem Plus 10″ or “11 and counting” like the names some of these other large family reality shows go by and that still wouldn’t change the basic premise or the core objection people had. Nobody, except him and Oxygen, wants to see a black man on TV with 11 kids by 10 different women, dating a woman who is nearly the same age as some of his oldest kids, who was speculated to be pregnant with his twelfth child. Nobody!
When all was said and done at S2S, Shawty had the nerve to tell Jamie, ““A show don’t make my life or break my life. It is what it is,” but he’s sure acting like it. When he started his petition to save the show, his argument was, “would you rather see 11 children struggle with mothers on welfare? Or watch a man support his children? Does it come down to the race card?”
Yes, it does come down to the race card. We see enough of this nonsense in our community on the news, we certainly don’t need a reality show about it. Check out video of his interview below. Thoughts?
Taking ‘Em To Church–Again: Oxygen Network To Premiere New Series On The Drama-Filled Lives Of Pastors With “Pastors Of LA”
Just when you thought Oxygen couldn’t stoop any lower with their programming after they tried to give Shawty Lo and his millions of baby mothers a show, they’ve decided to prove us wrong with Pastors of L.A. Following in the trend of reality shows about the wives of pastors and the children of them out here acting wild, the show will be about the actual pastors themselves, their often rocky journey to preaching the word of God, and how the megachurch pastors from Southern California live their lives when they’re not in the pulpit. Knowing Oxygen, the home of the always ratch Bad Girls Club, this show will probably be far from holy, and I’m personally not too excited about it…Here’s an excerpt of the press release about the show from Oxygen, courtesy of Shadow and Act:
“Pastors of L.A.” will give viewers a candid and revealing look at six boldly different and world renowned mega-pastors in Southern California, who are willing to share diverse aspects of their lives, from their work in the community and with their parishioners to the very large and sometimes provocative lives they lead away from the pulpit.
“‘Pastors of L.A.’ documents these larger than life characters who are rock stars in their communities, with a fresh, unique perspective that will resonate with our young audience,” said Rod Aissa, Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. “By teaming up with Lemuel and Holly who are some of the best creative minds in the business and heavily respected within this community, we can deliver this authentic series with integrity, while also staying right on brand with Oxygen.”
“We are delighted to work with Oxygen to develop this groundbreaking series on the extraordinary lives of some of the most prominent pastors in America,” said Lemuel Plummer. “I come to this project with a respect and understanding of their world, having grown up as the son of a pastor and religious broadcasters. We intend to portray the human side of these pastors and the real world in which they live and work.”
“This show documents a journey of transparency from one man to the next as they endeavor to lead others to their own truth and self-discovery,” adds Holly Carter who holds a doctorate of divinity with an emphasis on marketplace ministry and is the daughter of a pastor and an industry veteran in faith and inspirational development and programming. “It’s a dose of reality and a pound of redemption coming from a creative team reared in the church.”
The cast will include Bishop Noel Jones, the brother of entertainer Grace Jones; Deitrick Haddon, a divorced preacher whose church has shunned him; Bishop Clarence McClendon and Pastor Wayne Chaney, who is battling with his family to make his church, Life Church of God in Christ, the next big megachurch in the state; Bishop Ron Gibson, a former drug addict who has come far, but struggles with his wife to bring a child in the world; and Pastor Jay Haizlip, who reaches out to the troubled youth after being one himself and also battling crack addiction in the past.
Everybody (though Bishop McClendon seems the most tame) seems to have a back story, and if you’re really interested in getting to know them better, the show will debut this fall. That is of course, unless a Change.org comes out before then…
Beginning today, Oxygen Media will begin filming scenes for its newest reality show, Pastors of L.A.
The docu-series aims to give viewers a candid and revealing look at the personal and professional lives of the following six world renowned pastors: Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson and Pastor Jay Haizlip.
“Pastors of L.A. documents these larger than life characters who are rock stars in their communities, with a fresh, unique perspective that will resonate with our young audience,” said Rod Aissa, Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media.
The “business” of church seems to really be booming, doesn’t it? You can read the rest on Essence.com.
Would you watch this show?
Just when we think Ray J can’t become any more disillusioned than he already is, Brandy’s little brother goes and one-ups himself.
I know everyone talks about Kim Kardashian on a nearly daily basis, but it seems no one keeps her name in their mouth more than the man who so proudly hit it first, Ray J Norwood. In an interview with the Jasmine Brand, the singer — term used loosely — talked a bit about his new gig as the host of Oxygen’s Bad Girls All-Star Battle, but inevitably the conversation turned to his relationship with Kim K. when he was asked about he and his old boo thang’s success with reality TV. He told the site:
We been there kinda from the start; like I think when reality first started people were a little bit afraid of it, but ya know now it’s the new wave, it’s the new TV, it’s pop culture. It’s everything in one as far as entertainment. It has its own space now and I think we saw it from the beginning and I think now it’s just evolved. It’s so big–everybody wants to do reality everybody wants to have a show about their life or their family and a lot of people think it’s easy but it’s not. I think people are really hand picking the right people to fit this space, and I just think we always kept it real always kept it 100 and we still here.
Where exactly is “here” Ray J? picking random women to date and sleep with on VH1? Say what you will about Kim, but her reality TV game is quite different, and I don’t think I’m going very far out on the limb when I say she’s the only one “still here.”
But Ray J also thinks he’s the sole reason Kim is famous and that he legitimately hit it first so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by this nonsense either. Oh wait, one more joke from Ray J. When asked what he thought of Kim’s odd Met Gala dress, he (straight up lied) and told The Jasmine Brand:
“I haven’t got a chance [to see the dress], I don’t be on the internet like that. I got to step my internet game up. I don’t know, I’m sure she looked good though.”
Oh you don’t be on the Internet like that? I want him to stop playing. Do you consider Ray J a reality TV pioneer?
‘Find Me My Man’s’ Natalie Clarice Drops Some Advice On The Ladies: Don’t Underestimate Men — It’s Not Just About Sex
We know there are more than enough men out there trying to tell women what they need to do to be in a healthy relationship, but sometimes you just want to hear from a woman who knows what she’s talking about. Enter Natalie Clarice, matchmaker and star of Oxygen’s new reality show “Find Me My Man.”
Every Tuesday Natalie helps two women turn their love lives around on her TV series, so we wanted to pick her brain a bit and see what she can help us with. In our interview we asked her what are some of the biggest mistakes women make, what’s the best way to let a man know you’re interested, and how to not be sidetracked by the fact that h*s are winning right now. Check it out!
As long as reality television shows continue to dominate the airways, there will almost always be matchmaking shows to tune in to. There’s Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, VH1′s Making Mr. Right, NBC’s Ready For Love and so on. Now Oxygen is joining the ranks of television networks with matchmaking series. I know you’re probably thinking, “Here comes another one of those shows. What makes this one different from all the rest?” Well, according to a press release issued by Oxygen, Find Me My Man is coming with an “urban” twist.
Natalie Clarice, known in her community as the “Titan of Love” is a Miami-based matchmaker and owner of successful matchmaking firm for the “urban elite,” Heart & Soul International. The show will document Natalie as she helps some of the single ladies of Miami find Mr. Right. A brief description of the show reads:
“In each episode Natalie and her team of romance strategists put two single ladies to the ultimate test using a variety of unconventional and unique techniques. Natalie is determined to crack Miami’s hardest cases and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is to her strong-willed clients, who are often their own worst enemies when it comes to dating. From a client who has a 15-minute countdown clock for her dates to impress her, to a pageant queen who wears her sash and tiara on first dates, these women have some outrageous quirks that are keeping them from finding love [...] Utilizing the urban population in Miami, Clarice capitalizes on a niche market of diverse professionals.”
Something else that may actually set Natalie apart from many other matchmakers is that she’s been married for thirteen years.
Find Me My Man is executive produced by Alex Duda and Jason Sands under Endemol USA. It is scheduled to premiere April 9 at 9pm ET/PT on Oxygen.
Judging by the show’s trailer, it looks like it could be rather entertaining.
Turn the page for a sneak peek and let us know what you think! Is this a show you could see yourself watching or are you completely over matchmaking reality shows?
Before The Face season finale aired this week, she was known as “Sally,” not to give away the big reveal. Well, she’s Sally no more. Gorgeous, outspoken and original, Devyn Abdullah is fashion’s newest face! The Bronx born beauty has landed a contract with Ulta Beauty, after years of hard work and hustle to both support her young daughter and achieve her dreams. Finally, it’s her moment! We met with Devyn and her supermodel coachKarolina Kurkova for a celebratory lunch at the Peninsula Hotel in NYC. She excitedly talked about the next chapter of her life, inspiring young girls, and finally set the record straight about not considering herself a black girl model, but one that every woman can see a bit of themselves in when they look in the mirror.
SB: I know recently you caught a lot of heat when you said you didn’t consider yourself a black model. Do you think that comment was taken out of context and do you want to clear it up?
Devyn: “I’ve been waiting for the moment to address this. I can understand how someone can take it out of context, and how someone could misinterpret it. I definitely want to apologize because I didn’t want to offend anybody in any type of way.
Check out the rest of her response on StyleBlazer.com.
Strike a pose! We had the honor of joining The Face winner Devyn Abdullah and her all-star supermodel coach Karolina Kurkova for lunch! The Bronx beauty turned runway model was all smiles at the Peninsula Hotel in NYC, clearly ecstatic to finally reveal her exciting win. Devyn shared her journey on the show, achieving her dreams, and of course her amazing contract as the new face for Ulta Beauty!
Not only was sweet and approachable, she was also sporting a fashion fave. Devyn was dressed head to toe in Zara, looking all business in a black dress and blazer, but the gold shoulder detail and her sheer crop showed off her playful personality. Gorgeous and affordable? We say yes, please!
Get more info and pics on StyleBlazer.com.
Photo credit: The Face Cast Shot for Oxygen Media
We’ve been waiting a mighty long time for supermodel Naomi Campbell to star in a show of her own. So much has been written and said about the woman who has dominated the fashion modeling world over 25 years now, we’re excited to see Ms. Campbell in action. As part of Oxygen’s new competition show “The Face,” Ms. Campbell, along with Karolina Kurkova and fashion ‘It’ girl Coco Rocha will coach contestants from all over the world who are vying to become the newest face of ULTA Beauty. Remember Nigel Barker from America’s Next Top Model? Well, he’s actually hosting this seven-episode series on Oxygen which sees 12 women competing for the coveted prize. PREMIERES TONIGHT, FEBRUARY 12th AT 9 PM ET/PT For more information, visit The Face and follow us on Twitter at @TheFaceOnOxygen.