Every once in a while I make the trip ascending to Israel’s holiest city and the holiest city in the world -on the monotheistic playing field- known as Jerusalem, whilst the reason outweighs the cause. On the drive up your ears clog up due elevating pressure, the temperature drops taking down the humidity with it, time morphs.
Postulating and lingering, you might ask yourself, is he religious? Or presumably assume that I am, well I am not, I am spiritual, just like Rebecca Vog, the main difference is she associates and practices the eccentric Braslev Hasidic movement of Judaism.
"I have someone to lean on through out everything single moment of my life."
Photography: Rotem Lebel
The story here is that there is no story. In terms of the classical mainstream media that tokenizes its interviewees, like other cookie cutter outlets in Israel that focus on clickbait rather than unveiling its beat’s roots. Rebecca is religious and a professional model, simple, it exists and true it is infrequent but not extinct. Rebecca shared her guiding lines to life, goals and how fashion plays a part in her life and sacrifices she's made with her ventures with the realm of fashion.
"Why are you interviewing me?" giggles Rebecca from the other end of our table which is situated at the Coffee Bean Cafe on a dreary winter day, "Cause I'm religious right?" answering her own question in such a cute manner. My response was actually "no," I saw you in CASTRO's (a local Israeli commercial fashion brand) PR campaign. "Oh" responds Rebecca, "How great!". This clean slate without any judgment towards one another started our conversion on the right of history.
Rebecca has always lingered in fashion if it's the books around her home or the outfits she wears with friends when she goes out, it surrounds her and she has an unprofessional interest in it and a professional shaping to it. Around a year ago she signed with MC²'s Tel-Aviv firm and is being represented with a plethora of agencies worldwide. Standing tall and firm at 178 centimeters, she out-heights many Israeli female models who brush the 175 centimeter mark combined with natural blonde hair and shallow sea water blue eyes. What's remarkable about Rebecca's personality is her presence to listen and respond without being blindsided by technology and social networking apps that did rattle our table and my concentration during our discussion, she's living the present and has made societal sacrifices like leaving school to tend her energy to modelling.
Religion comes without judgement to Rebecca and it's breath of fresh air many secular people look for in mindfulness and pseudo self-help lectures given at bars or YouTube channels. She's in the present with her own guidance.
When it comes to runways she's stridden them all: CASTRO, Renuar, TLV Fashion Week and Beauty City. The ladder is her definition of grabbing your goals and has yet to achieve her ultimate success, which is to be a presenter for a high fashion house like Dior or Gucci. Her looks are unique and her ability to hold her allure comes hand in hand with faith and excitingly articulated by her "I have someone to lean on" meaning God, expresses Rebecca with a dimple to dimple smile, that's genuine. Religion comes without judgement to Rebecca and it's breathe of fresh air many secular people look for in mindfulness and pseudo self-help lectures given at bars or YouTube channels. She's in the present with her own guidance.
Stories like Rebecca Vog's are one of the guiding surprises of interviewing that guides me as a writer because the mass media is driven by tokenization of its interviewees and dumbing them down to article titles such as "A Chardee model on a Kosher runway" as cringe worthy as these double standard titles are. Rebecca is a talented young model with a bright future lingering ahead for her, she's driven and works flawlessly in front of a camera giving faith to talented new faces in Israel's fashion industry while forbying her own.
You can follow Rebecca's Instagram here.