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14-year-old Israeli girl new face of Dior

In a rags-to-riches turnabout, Sofia Mechetner catches the eye of Christian Dior and models haute couture on Paris Fashion Week runway.
115Sofia Mechetner on the Paris Fashion Week runway. Photo via Christian Dior

Israel’s Channel 2 called it a Cinderella story, and that’s no exaggeration.

Blond, blue-eyed Israeli 14-year-old Sofia Mechetner became the new in-house face of Christian Dior, though she has zero modeling experience. Her $265,000 contract included introducing the Dior Haute Couture fall-winter line for 2015 at Paris Fashion Week from July 5-10.

It’s likely that her single immigrant mother can stop cleaning offices and caring for the elderly, and Sofia can get them a bigger place so she will no longer have to share a room with her two younger siblings in a modest apartment in Holon.

At 178 centimeters (5’8”) tall, Sofia caught the eye of a talent scout from Israel’s Roberto management agency, which sent her with a chaperone to Paris for a photo shoot and audition at the Viva modeling agency. However, when Viva discovered that Sofia was only 14 and had never modelled, the shoot was cancelled.

The disappointed pair took a walk and stopped into a Dior store when head designer Raf Simons just happened to be there.


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