The Parisian model Sophie Litvak was born Simone Steur in 1926 in Nice, and later Sophie Malgat after her first marriage to François Malgat. She collaborated remarkably with the couturier Jacques Fath during the 1950s, who gave her her pseudonym.
Sophie is known for her long bust, fine waist, and short legs, which made her an ideal candidate for Hermès. Initially, she presented swimwear before moving on to clothes. In 1949, Sophie joined Jacques Fath’s famous cabine, working with Bettina, a friend she had known for a few years. The two friends, whose styles are very different, complement each other in parades and photo shoots. Additionally, she worked occasionally for Dior, Biki (Italian) and Givenchy. With Fath’s success, she was increasingly in demand by magazines such as L’Officiel, Vogue, Jardin des Modes or L’Album du Figaro and American publications.
She has been photographed by Georges Dambier, Erwin Blumenfeld, Henry Clarke, and Horst P. Horst, among others. Sophie Litvak married her second husband, the director Anatole Litvak, who was much older than her, on December 2, 1955. She became a journalist for Femina and Elle. She passed away in 1979.
These stunning photos show a young Sophie Malgat Litvak as a model in the early 1950s.