Of Tooth Gaps and Editorials: A Conversation with Lika Lisnevsky

When covering fashion and design throughout this year I stumbled upon a lot of mediocre to disgracing work, either coming from stylists, designers or the models themselves. Some work that’s promising comes from talented models that aren’t aware what potential they hold. Success in the world depends on three main factors communication with the crew of the said production, winning a genetic lottery (stolen from Cameron Russell) and publication. 

Before the summer heat hit Israel I sat down with Lika Lisnevsky, a young model working under the Dejavu Managment based out of Tel-Aviv and Miami. 

Photography: Sam Izhakov Model: Lika Lisnevsky

Photography: Sam Izhakov
Model: Lika Lisnevsky

“I started modeling around a year ago when I was 17 and was spotted on Facebook” timidly says Lisnevsky after taking a sip of her coffee. When gazing over her physical features  she’ll look very European and that’s because she is. With a solid set of measurements (79-60-89) and near runway height of 174cm, Lika  stands very respectively with her colleagues. With many agencies in Israel whom focus on a very soviet ideal of beauty Lika isn’t your typical blonde.

Photography: Ronen Fadida Model: Lika Lisnevsky

Photography: Ronen Fadida
Model: Lika Lisnevsky

She’s modeled for Style River and recently went to Barcelona for various commercial fashion campaigns and an interesting one being rock glam. “The weirder side of modeling speaks to me more.” What Lika means is she likes working on editorials more than cookie cutter commercial campaigns. As Cameron Russell stated her famous TED talk is that any beauty ideal is due to a genetic lottery and Lika has won it in terms of the industry’s standards with her facial features and tooth gap that can be equated to Georgia May Jagger’s.

Residing in Rehovot a nowheresville southern of Tel-Aviv after immigrating from Poland as a child is her current location. Lika spends her time running and singing Mizrahi (Sephardic) karaoke with friends which is a big trend here in Israel and is looking forward to her draft to the IDF, which can typically make or break a modeling career. She views the exotic beauty as the highest form of aesthetic which clearly a label of the neighbor’s grass is always greener.

Photography: Offir Assayag Model: Lika Lisnevsky

Photography: Offir Assayag
Model: Lika Lisnevsky

Gefen Assor: Beyond the Eyebrows

Photography: Rotem Lebel Model: Gefen Assor

Photography: Rotem Lebel
Model: Gefen Assor

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.”

Photography: Rotem Lebel Model: Gefen Assor

Photography: Rotem Lebel
Model: Gefen Assor

“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. 

Photography: Jacopo Moschin   Model: Gefen Assor

Photography: Jacopo Moschin
Model: Gefen Assor

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.

You can follow Gefen on Instagram and her agency MC² on Facebook

Photography: Miguel Mor Model: Gefen Assor

Photography: Miguel Mor
Model: Gefen Assor