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Erin O'Connor is the 'reality show mammy' of The Face catwalk

Erin O'Connor is to be a mentor on The Face
Erin O'Connor is to be a mentor on The Face
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Caroline Winberg attends a special screening and Q&A sessions for the new series of "The Face" at The Royal Opera House on September 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Caroline Winberg arriving at a screening of 'The Face' at the Royal Opera House on September 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Neil P. Mockford/FilmMagic)

Erin O’Connor’s new role on upcoming TV show ‘The Face’ has brought out the maternal side in her.

The Irish supermodel joins Naomi Campbell and Swedish supermodel Caroline Winberg on the show’s judging panel as they search for a brand new star.

O’Connor admits she could be the mother figure of the show.

“I'm a thinker, so I would consider each girl and try to approach them differently,” she explained.

“And Naomi was like 'Get to the point, I'm not a psychologist, you need to know…'.”

O’Connor got involved when she decided it was time to help younger models work towards their dream. 

"I've been so self-involved up to this point that I wanted to face the opposite direction," she told The Independent.

It helped that Campbell, an old friend, had already signed up.

O’Connor remembers the early years of her own career and explains the importance of boundaries.

She turned down a job in the 1990s as a young teenage model because of a lack of privacy and doesn’t regret it.

"I was in a room, changing," she said, "and there was no privacy and as I was undressing, my body was being discussed very audibly.

“It didn't matter what their angle was, whether it was complimentary or not. I asked for privacy and I wasn't given it. So I put my clothes back on and walked out."

O'Connor doesn't name names, only that by leaving the casting session she "didn't get the show" which cost her "overnight status".

"I got so much more in the end,” O’Connor said.

“I got to take my dignity with me. I prevailed in that moment."

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