You'll be amazed by how this 14-year-old became the new face of Dior
"I didn't even know what Dior is," Sofia Mechetner tells From the Grapevine in an exclusive interview.
Lady Luck just couldn't let Sofia Mechetner be.
The 14-year-old Israeli recently opened French fashion house Christian Dior's Paris Fashion Week show, and it came about all by chance.
It began rather innocently. Mechetner, who is already 5-foot-8, was encouraged to take up either basketball or modeling by friends who thought she should leverage her height. Not being any good at the former, she chose the latter.
The agency she found her way to, Roberto Modeling Agency in Tel Aviv, was so taken with her looks it sent her off to Paris to meet with the exclusive Viva Agency. But once that agency caught wind of Mechetner's age and inexperience, it declined to meet with her. Already in Paris, Mechetner decided to make the most of her remaining time there.
That included a shopping trip to the Dior store where none other than Raf Simons, the label's creative director, just happened to be. "My luck was because I was with my agent Rotem Gur. She loves Dior and wanted to get into the shop, I didn't even know what Dior is," Mechetner told From The Grapevine about her fortuitous visit to the shop of one of the most famous fashion labels in the world. "She also was the one who had the courage to approach Raf Simons and introduce me!"
Simons was immediately smitten. Fast forward a few weeks, and he was querying Viva Agency about Mechetner's availability for Paris Fashion Week. The French agency reached out to Roberto Agency, which reached out to Sofia. Next thing she knew, she was on a plane to Paris to open Dior's Haute Couture fashion show for the fall 2016 season. Just one little problem: Mechetner had never walked a runway.
"Dior was my first runway show, so I was learning to walk in my agency and practicing a lot at home," she said.
She pulled it off without a hitch, not bad for someone who only a few weeks before had just a few Israeli photo shoots to her name.
Now back in Israel, Mechetner didn't leave Paris without an exclusive 2-year contract to model at least four times a year in Paris for Dior. "To work with Dior is very exciting and I'm so grateful for this! But it's very hard work," she said.
She now has the modeling world abuzz and is drawing comparisons to another young fashion-world favorite plucked off the street only to become an icon of the industry: Kate Moss. So the question is, does that association excite her?
"No," she replied. "Before I started modeling I didn't know much about fashion, so I don't know famous models."
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