Just last week, twelve modeltestants began their competition to become the newest face of Frédéric Fekkai as the second season of modeling competition series The Face premiered.

Airing Wednesdays at 10pm EST on Oxygen Media, this season the young women selected on Team Naomi, Team Anne V and Team Lydia will have the opportunity to make a life-changing transformation through unprecedented access to clients, national brands and iconic mentorships. The most influential names in the industry will lend their expertise this season including Frédéric Fekkai, ELLE Magazine™s Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers, Pamela Rolland, RuPaul, Tyson Beckford and Karen Elson. Each week, the brand representatives for the Campaign Challenge will choose the winning team, leaving each supermodel coach from the bottom two teams to nominate a member of their team for elimination and the winning coach to decide who will be sent home.

amandagullicksonjpgRecently, I had the chance to chat with our local modeltestant, Amanda Gullickson (age 18), dubbed The Girl Next Door. A born athlete, Amanda is down to earth, has strong family values and a complete belief in herself no matter what comes her way.

Amanda grew up in Fort Mill, SC playing basketball, riding horses and competing in barrel races. If you asked her at age 14 what she'd be doing years down the road, her answer would have been playing basketball. However, after tearing her ACL, Amanda's friend encouraged her to attend an open call with Evolution, a local talent agency. 

With supportive (and very proud) parents, Amanda has always believed she could do anything she put her mind to.Β After graduating high school one year early, Amanda went to Miami to model. Soon thereafter, she moved to New York to pursue a career in modeling while taking online college classes. Along the way, one of her casting calls led her to The Face.

While Amanda was nervous to live with 11 other girls that she had never met before, her competitive nature gives her the confidence to take the bull by the horns. She stays true to herself, is well grounded and defies the notion that models can't eat ice cream and Snickers® bars.

On most mornings, you can find Amanda running in Central Park or practicing hot yoga. She prefers watching movies in her apartment over NYC night life. While some models give in to the pressure of living up to someone else's vision of perfect, Amanda says, "You must be true to who you are. If you believe in yourself, everything falls into place."

So tune in this Wednesday night to see Amanda Gullickson battle it out to win The Face. You can find Amanda on Twitter and Instagram: a_gullickson.

Photos from The Face


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