So sheik
So sheik
Anna Martellato

PADUA —An unidentified sheik from Dubai has put out a rather particular "Help Wanted" ad in Italy. You will be paid 100 euros a day to accompany him and his family on a trip across Europe. The position includes unlimited shopping sprees for yourself, and stays in the best hotels and meals in the most luxurious restaurants.

Of course, you must be young, good-looking...and female.

Casting began Friday in the northern city of Padua, where the modeling agency DocStile has been tasked with selecting candidates for the sheik from Dubai, who'd approached them to find girls to accompany him, his children, wives, grandchildren and various other relatives (between 40-50 people, including bodyguards) on their vacation throughout Europe.

They’re trip begins next month, with stops in Paris, Madrid, Stockholm, London, Ibiza and, finally, Italy.

Hence the need for escorts, who will double as personal shoppers. The requirements for this job? Candidates must be young and beautiful, preferably Italian, able to speak English, self-confident, “refined,” and able to walk in a pair of high-heel Louboutins while holding a Kelly bag.

Anyone assuming this job entails a second meaning of the word escort is wrong. “We were contacted by an agency in Dubai, and we spoke with the sheik’s manager,” explains DocStile’s Mauro Belcaro. “Naturally, we spoke to our legal team, and there’s no ‘second meaning.’ It’s all very serious.”

Potential candidates must be between 18 and 26 years old and know how to administer first aid. “For their safety as well as that of those around them,” Belcaro says. Some knowledge of Arabic culture would also be useful, but even more important is a deep understanding of the fashion world. Successful candidates will not only be able to shop endlessly for themselves, but will also advise the sheik on his attire and accessories.

“The castings will take place every Friday until the end of the month,” Belcaro explains. “We’ll ask questions about their studies, their personalities, general culture, as well as test their English and fashion knowledge. If the selected girls don’t know enough about the fashion world, they will attend a class.”

Young women are calling in droves, even from abroad, Belcaro says. “Girls from Croatia and Morocco have telephoned. We request that those who do want to participate in the castings email info@docstile.it to schedule the day and time,” he says.

But be warned that it’s a short-term opportunity. Every 15 days there will be a “turnover” in which the girls — 10 at a time — will be replaced by another team to accompany the sheik and his entourage.

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