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Dior’s New Israeli 14-Year-Old Lead Model Was Just Plucked From Poverty

Sofia Mechetner walking in Dior’s Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016 fashion show in Paris, France. Getty Images

We all fantasize about running into our role model, fan-girling (or boying?) out, snapping a selfie, and then getting offered our dream job. This dream became a reality for 14-year-old Sofia Mechetner. 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 (and closed!) its Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture show in Paris. And it was her first foray into fashion—ever.

“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.”



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