Monday, July 20, 2015

Dior's New Lead Model is Only 14-Years Old

Sofia Mechetner
Sofia Mechetner's dream became a reality after she was turned down by a modelling agency in Tel Aviv. To combat the initial rejection, the 14-year old popped into a Dior shop to soothe her sorrows and the rest is history.

After spotting Raf Simons at a Dior boutique in Paris, posing for a picture, and sharing her story, the young Israel native is now Dior’s lead model and walked its Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture show in Paris. And it was her first foray into fashion—ever. According to Washington Post, she signed a US$250,000 contract with the fashion house.

"You have a young girl called Sofia, from Israel ... She was in a Dior shop, and I don’t know for what reason, but Raf Simons was in the same Dior shop, and he met her and he wants her," a representative from the model's Parisian agency said of the call she remembers receiving from an assistant at Dior. "And I said, 'What? What is that?' I have never heard a story like this, never. It’s amazing."

But there's more to Mechetner’s narrative than that. It’s like the style world's rendition of a Cinderella story—but instead of fitting into the glass slipper, she’s made her way into some of fashion’s most coveted garments. According to Israel’s Channel 2, Mechetner hails from Holon (a small town outside of Tel Aviv), lives with her two younger siblings and a single mother, cooks and cleans when not in school, and at night, retires on a mattress ... on the floor.

"The legs to my bed broke," she laughed. "We don't have enough money to buy a bed. It's enough for me."

Prior to Mechetner’s Dior days she and her siblings lived off of nearly US$ 1,000 a month that her mother made working three jobs. But times are changing for the 5-foot-11 model who also happens to have porcelain skin, bright blue eyes and a very slender frame.

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