Israel is a country which is filled with a collective of beauty types. European, African and Middle Eastern, are some, each distinctly unique, yet share a common denominator. I had the privilege of chatting with Gefen Assor about her trials and tribulations as a model in the Israeli scene as well as her ventures around the globe. Gefen Assor, 18, is a professional model whom is represented by MC2 Model Management in Israel and various other world known agencies. She’s been featured on publications such as models.com, vogue Italy, superb magazine, and fashion forward.
Models.com describes her as “Israeli girl Gefen is as excitingly beautiful as Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine – but even Disney couldn’t improve upon this newcomer’s clear light blue eyes, dark caramel skin, and starkly striking facial features.”
“I was signed to an agency after I won a Facebook modeling competition” states Assor from the other end of the microphone. Assor is a millennial, so her scouting story might be too contemporary for the older fashion crowd. Back in the day, models (and still) are scouted by someone in the industry that actually sees them and not their visual representation on their smartphone, but hey, the medium isn’t the message nowadays.
While the modeling industry has a very harsh definition of what “beauty” is, society tends to forget that every job has an aesthetic definition that its workers abide to. For instance if you work for a fortune 500 company in Manhattan you must be shaved, at least your face. “People think that being a model is submitting yourself to a bad lifestyle, but it actually helped develop my self confidence” firmly states Assor while asked about her self-image.
Through out her career her mother has always helped guide her and overlook her decision making, very responsibly, so it’s paid off. “People think that models give up education and hobbies, of course there are models like that, but a lot of models stick to their passions”. Assor’s strong personality is quickly noticed through her communication with the lens, she isn’t another titsy model with mediocre poses, she speaks her own language and so does her body non-verbally.
The day I interviewed Assor was Arik Einstein’s one year anniversary since his tragic death. Einstein was a genius, he didn’t invent gravity, but he did define a euphoric image of what Israel is through his suttle music. “Yoni Rechter and Avyatar Banai are some of my favorite Israeli composers, the lyrics speak to me on a personal level and I’d listen to them when I was homesick abroad.”
Israel is a magical place filled with art, design and culture. Assor is a great persona and represents it better than most ministers who sit in the government.