Hailing from Germany, newcomer Sophia Roetz was a typical teenager before being discovered and securing a slew of bookings for top designers in their Spring/Summer 19 runway shows. As an exclusive for Riccardo Tisci’s newly revamped Burberry—and with the endorsement of Hermes, Elie Saab, Altuzzara, and Prada—this statuesque blonde is one model who should be on your radar.

Tell us about your childhood.

I had a very normal childhood. I was born and raised in a small village near Cologne, Germany. The town I come from is in the countryside and everybody knows each other. I went to school there since kindergarten and graduated this year. Coming to London is very different but I love it!

Tell us about how you were discovered.

I applied online at Select Model Management. A scout reached out to me and then flew over to Cologne to meet me and my mom. They later brought me and a friend over to London to meet with the team and I signed with them.

You had a strong debut this past season. What was that experience like for you?

I never thought I would have the opportunity to walk in a fashion show. When I found out I was confirmed to walk in such big name shows—having had no experience—I was so overwhelmed. Strangely I wasn’t nervous but just super excited. I think the adrenaline took over. I loved meeting all the teams and the other models.

As a newcomer who do you look up to in the industry?

I don’t really look up to a specific person. However, I look forward to the possibilities the industry provides and the success that established models have achieved and how hard they worked to get where they are. It really inspires me to be my best so that one day I can reach that level.

How do you define your personal style?

I would describe it as simple, casual, cool, modern, and feminine.

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by all the things I can achieve in the industry if I put the effort in. I love flipping through magazines/social media and looking at artistic shoots and the creative input involved with the styling, hair, and makeup.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I only applied to become a model because I received a parking ticket and didn’t want to tell my parents. I thought if I could make some money modeling that would pay for the ticket. It turned out I didn’t get fined, and now I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the industry.

What do you hope to get out of modeling?

Ultimately a successful career. I want to build connections with inspiring people in the industry and travel to amazing places I would never get to go to otherwise.

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