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Naomi Campbell: Aspiring Models Fawn Over Runway Legend on The Face

Naomi Campbell is runway royalty: Act accordingly. Or, if you’re one of 12 contestants on season 2 of Oxygen’s modeling competition The Face, freak out, scream, and otherwise melt down in the catwalk legend’s presence. In a sneak preview from The Face‘s March 5 premiere, Khadisha Gaye — who teaches runway classes in Cincinnati — and Brooklyn’s Afiya Bennett are especially taken by the supermodel coach.

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“Oh, my God: Naomi! Can I hug you?!” gushes Gaye as Campbell struts her stuff on a makeshift runway set up in the middle of New York City’s Bryant Park.

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Bennett, for her part, is slightly more composed while in the presence of the runway icon, who coaches contestants on The Face alongside Adam Levine‘s model ex-girlfriend Anne V and Lydia Hearst. “The fabulous Naomi! To see her in action . . . she is the queen. She looks beautiful on a runway,” Bennett admits as Campbell poses for adoring fans, aspiring models and The Face host Nigel Barker.

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Naomi Campbell stuns a group of aspiring models when they watch her walk in a runway show on the March 5 premiere of The Face. Watch a preview clip now!

Entering her second season as a model coach on The Face, Campbell — first discovered at age 15 while window shopping in London — isn’t fazed by newbie mentors Anne V and Hearst. “I’m so looking forward to the second season of The Face because we have two new mentors who think they can compete [with me], but they better watch out!”

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For much more from Campbell — who instructs the contestants that their first challenge will be modeling in lingerie — watch the preview video above before The Face premieres Wednesday, March 5 at 10 p.m. (EST) on Oxygen.

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