Bar Refaeli

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Bar Refaeli

Refaeli, 2011
Born(1985-06-04) 4 June 1985 (age 27)
Hod HaSharon, Israel
OccupationModel, actress
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8.5 in)[1]
Eye colorBlue[1]
Measurements89-60-89 (EU) (35C-24-35)[1]
Dress size6 (US); 36 (EU)[2]
Shoe size40 (EU);[1] 9 (US)
ManagerStorm Model Management (London)
ONE Management (New York City)
IMG Models (Paris)
MP Management (Milan)
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Bar Refaeli

Refaeli, 2011
Born(1985-06-04) 4 June 1985 (age 27)
Hod HaSharon, Israel
OccupationModel, actress
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8.5 in)[1]
Eye colorBlue[1]
Measurements89-60-89 (EU) (35C-24-35)[1]
Dress size6 (US); 36 (EU)[2]
Shoe size40 (EU);[1] 9 (US)
ManagerStorm Model Management (London)
ONE Management (New York City)
IMG Models (Paris)
MP Management (Milan)

Bar Refaeli (Hebrew: בר רפאלי‎; born 4 June 1985) is an Israeli model and occasional actress. She was the cover model of the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and was voted #1 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list of 2012.


Early life

Bar Refaeli was born into an Israeli Jewish family in Hod HaSharon, Israel. Her parents, Rafael and Tzipi, own a horse ranch. Her mother was a successful Israeli model in the 1970s under her maiden name, Tzipi Levine.[3][4] Refaeli has three brothers. She began a modeling career at the age of eight months, appearing in commercials.[5] Refaeli had to wear braces in her early years, interrupting her modeling until age 15, when she returned to modeling with the representation of Irene Marie Models.


Modeling career

Refaeli at 18 years old
External images
Refaeli's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from February 13, 2009

Refaeli began her modeling career before the age of 8 months for a baby commercial.[6] By age 15, she was featured in campaigns for the fashion brands Castro and Pilpel, also starring in a commercial for Milky. Refaeli won the title "Model of The Year" in an Israeli beauty contest in 2000.[7]

Refaeli has appeared in ELLE (France), Maxim, and GQ (Italy). She debuted in the 2007 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, becoming the first Israeli model to appear in the magazine, posing with rock band Aerosmith.[8][9] In 2009, Refaeli was the covermodel for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[10] A photo from the shoot, featuring a bikini-clad Refaeli, was painted on the side of a Boeing 737 in a promotional deal with Southwest Airlines,[11][12] leading to criticism of Southwest from passengers for using an image they regarded as inappropriately sexual and "offensive to families".[13] In October of the same year, Refaeli was again embroiled in controversy, when Haredi groups criticised a Tel Aviv billboard campaign in which she appeared semi-nude, alleging that it could "poison" the public.[14][15] The billboards were subsequently removed.

She has modeled for Subaru, Accessorize,[16] Brazilian clothing line Besni, Italian jewelry line Marco Bicego, and Rampage. In 2009, she modeled for Garnier International.[17]

On 5 March 2009, Refaeli received the "World Style Award," presented by the Women's World Awards, for her "natural elegance, sense of style and compassion."[18] In October of the same year, Refaeli co-hosted Fashionable Istanbul's press conference announcing their October 2009 fashion event, also appearing in its advertising.[19] Refaeli was voted #42 in 2008, #57 in 2010, and #97 in 2011 in the FHM "100 Sexiest Women" list[20] and came in first on Maxim's Hot 100 list of 2012.[21]

Film and television career

Refaeli co-starred in the Israeli TV series Pick Up in 2005. In October 2008, she co-hosted the Bravo special program Tommy Hilfiger Presents Ironic Iconic America,[22] based on the book Ironic Iconic America written by George Lois. She returned as a program host in 2009, this time for MTV's brief revival of House of Style.[23]

On 18 January 2011, Refaeli attended the premiere of the English-language movie Session in Israel[24] in which she starred. Directed by Israeli Haim Bouzaglo, the film is a psychological thriller that tells the story of a manipulative psychiatrist who becomes obsessed with a new young patient.

She served as a guest judge on cycle four of Germany's Next Topmodel hosted by Heidi Klum.

Business venture

In 2011, Refaeli and Dudi Balsar, an attorney and former model, set up an E-commerce company called that will sell designer underwear. The company was slated to go online in November 2011.[25] By November 2011, the company had raised $1 million in venture capital funds.[26]

Personal life

Refaeli at the 2008 Cannes film festival

Previously linked to Baywatch actor David Charvet and Uri El-Natan, Refaeli began a relationship with American actor Leonardo DiCaprio in November 2005 after meeting him at a Las Vegas party thrown for members of U2.[27] In the course of their trip to Israel in March 2007, the couple met with Israeli president Shimon Peres and visited Refaeli's hometown of Hod HaSharon.[28] The relationship ended in June 2009.[29] Numerous reports, however, indicate that, as of early 2010, the romance may have been rekindled.[30][31][32] In May 2011, it was reported that the couple had ended their romantic relationship, although still remaining friends.[33]

Her relationship with DiCaprio caused one nationalist Israeli organization to send her a letter, later leaked to the press,[34] in which she was asked, for the sake of "future generations of Jews", not to marry a "non-Jew", a request similar to the one made to Israeli 1998 Miss World winner Linor Abargil, a few years previously.[35]

Refaeli confided to L'Isha magazine that she prefers to keep a lower profile – though she is out with DiCaprio much of the time. "I am there for him and I am at all the events," she says. "I just don't walk in hand-in-hand with him. I don't see any reason. I don't need to strike poses with him in front of the cameras. No one needs to know how we kiss."[36]

Philanthropy/personal causes

Refaeli volunteers for Project Sunshine,[37] a non-profit organization providing free services and programs for children facing life-threatening illnesses. She has also volunteered for organization Ahava, which has been caring for pets abandoned in Northern Israel during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.[38]

Refaeli and film director Shahar Segal have agreed to do a free campaign under the slogan "One Bag Less" to reduce the use of plastic bags.[39]

In August 2010, she decided to write a special report with the collaboration of Better Place[40] on why she believes that more people should drive electric cars.[41]

Military enlistment

In 2007, it was reported that Refaeli had married a family acquaintance and divorced him soon after to avoid military service in the Israel Defense Forces,[42] which is generally mandatory for both men and women over the age of 18.[43] The Israeli Forum for the Promotion of Equal Share in the Burden threatened to boycott the fashion chain Fox if they hired Refaeli, but the two sides reached a compromise in which Refaeli agreed to visit injured IDF soldiers on visits to Israel and encourage enlistment in the army.[44] Refaeli later stated, "I don't regret not enlisting, because it paid off big time. That's just the way it is, celebrities have other needs. I hope my case has influenced the army."[45] In 2009, fellow Israeli model Esti Ginzburg, while speaking in support of enlisting, criticized Refaeli for her avoidance of military service.[46][47] In 2011, Refaeli was featured on the cover of Italian GQ's war-themed May 2011 issue.[45]


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