Israel's National Treasure
Bar Refaeli (born 4 June 1985) is a top Israeli fashion model who has nabbed many of the top honors in the field and branched out into other venues as well.
It would not be erroneous to call Bar the top model in the world today, though of course other models and their admirers will make the same claim for them.
It all depends on how you measure it. But, in any rational judgment, Bar Refaeli must come near the top of the heap.
Bar is from Hod HaSharon, Israel.
She is of Italian, Lithuanian and Polish ancestry. Her mother, Tzipi Levine, was a top fashion model as well. Need I say it? Genes are good in her line. She brings it.
Starting as a baby model, Bar temporarily stopped modelling when she had to wear braces. She resumed her career when they came off at age 15. Among her campaigns since then are:
- Moët & Chandon,
- Marco Bicego,
- Andrew Marc,
- True Religion,
- Agua Bendita,
- Arrow and
|Bar Refaeli with her mother, Tzipi Levine-Refaeli, in New York in 2010 (Ahmad Elatab-SaleemElatab/Splash).|
She has been on covers including all the top fashion magazines, such as ELLE, Maxim and GQ. Basically, if it is a top rag venue, she's done it. She was in the 2007 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, posing with Aerosmith, and was the cover model in 2009.
One of the images from the shoot was used as a promotional stunt by Southwest Airlines, painting it on the side of a Boeing 737. Sorry, but you just don't see that too often.
Bar was awarded the World Style Award in 2009. She co-hosted a Fashionable Istanbul press conference in 2009, starring in the event, and has hosted Israeli television series. Bar has edged into acting, starring in various Israeli films, and also made a big impact in a Super Bowl XLVII Go Daddy commercial. She has appeared on several "Sexiest Women" lists from the likes of Maxim and FHM.
With all her success, Bar has also ventured into some very profitable investments, such as her startup 'Mika Look' for the iPad and 'Mycheck.' She also volunteers for charity and is an advocate of electric cars. Refaeli was also famous for dating actor Leonardo DiCaprio for a number of years.
Bar has had her share of controversy. She eluded the Israeli draft through what some considered a sneaky maneuver, but nobody got too upset for long. She also has some issues with the Israeli government related to allegations of tax evasion.
In an incident that got a lot of press, an admirer openly pleaded with Bar to marry a fellow Israeli to improve the bloodline or something like that in the national interest - despite the fact that people in Israel are from varied points of the compass.
Bar maintained a relatively low profile for her love life after her relationship with DiCaprio ended around 2011.
|Leonardo DiCaprio and Bar Refaeli on January 18, 2010 (AP).|
Bar Refaeli finally married millionaire Adi Ezra in Israel on 24 September 2015. Bar gave birth to a daughter named Liv Ezra in August 2016, and as of this writing is pregnant with her second child.
|Bar Refaeli married millionaire Adi Ezra. (Photo: reproduction).|
Bar Refaeli is a dominant presence in the fashion world and is represented by the top agents: Storm Model Management, IMG, One Management. She looks likely to continue and extend her fame in other fields and become one of the top fashion models of all time.