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By Sam Tonkin For Mailonline. At just 14 years old, Sofia Mechetner is the face of fashion giant Dior. But having the teenager parade on the catwalks of Paris has provoked an angry backlash from campaigners, who slammed the famous designer for taking a 'disappointing step back in time'. It re-ignited a furious debate about the fashion industry's use of young models but the Israeli teenager has now spoken out, hitting back at critics by insisting: 'I feel ready'. Scroll down for video. On the catwalk: Sofia Mechetner, 14, is pictured opening the Paris fashion show for Dior earlier this month. And in defiance of those who feel she is too young to be working in such a cutthroat industry, Mechetner said: 'I feel ready and I am not alone, I am being looked after, closely.
Getty Images. We all fantasize about running into our role model, fan-girling or boying? This dream became a reality for year-old Sofia Mechetner.
Lensed by Tomas de la Fuente , the blonde beauty poses at the beach wearing all black ensembles. Stylist Alicia Chapa selects a mix of breezy dresses, form-fitting tops and statement boots for Sofia to wear. Pages: 1 2. Your email address will not be published.