After young model accuses her of causing psychological damage
- Naomi Campbell, 43, denies bullying Kira Dikhtyar, 24, from Russia
- Model claims Naomi ‘hates Russians’ and says she’s still recovering from filming
- Source close to Naomi tells Vogue that accusations are ‘absurd’
- The second series of The Face is set to air next month
Naomi Cambell has denied accusations that she ‘bullied’ a contestant on her modelling competition show The Face.
Kira Dikhtyar, 24, from Russia, said that the supermodel’s attitude had caused her psychological damage and claimed that the network is still paying for her psychiatrist.
‘Naomi hates Russians,’ said the aspiring model, who appears in the second season of Naomi’s panel show set to debut next month.
Naomi, pictured at the NTAs, (l) denies bullying Kira Dikhtyar (r), pictured at a party in New York on Friday
‘She’s an amazing woman, but it’s very hard to work with her. She put all her [negative] energy on me,’ said Kira.
‘After filming ended, they sent me to doctors. I’m still recovering,’ she added, in an interview with New York Post.
Meanwhile, Naomi’s team have categorically refuted Kira’s claims.
‘We’re sorry Kira is unwell and we hope she gets the help she obviously needs,’ a source close to the model told Vogue.co.uk.
‘Her allegations are absurd,’ the source added.
Kira, a former gymnast from Russia, appears on the American version of the show, which also has a British series. The shows aim to find the new face of modelling by asking contestants to compete in various tasks including speed-styling and runway walking.
Naomi, 43, acts as host, one of three model coaches and is also also the executive producer.
Young model Kira appears in the second season of The Face panel show set to debut next month
The Face with Caroline Winberg, Erin O’Connor and Naomi Campbell
Source : Daily Mail