Bar Refaeli (born 4 June 1985) is an Israeli model, television host, actress and businesswoman.
Considered among the most internationally successful models to come from Israel, alongside models such as Nina Brosh and Michaela Bercu. According to Forbes Israel, she was the highest paid model in Israel in 2013, ahead of the combined modeling income of other Israeli models such as Esti Ginzburg, Gal Gadot, and Shlomit Malka.
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. Since 2013, she has been the host of The X Factor Israel.
Refaeli was born and raised in Hod HaSharon, Israel, to a secular Jewish family.Her parents, Rafi Refaeli and Tzipi (née Levine), own a horse ranch. Her parents were born in Israel, and her grandparents were immigrants from Europe (Italian Jewish, Lithuanian Jewish, and Polish Jewish).Her mother was a successful model in the 1970s under her maiden name, Tzipi Levine.
Refaeli began modeling at the age of eight months, when she first appeared in commercials. Orthodonture at twelve interrupted her modeling until she was fifteen, when an Israeli beauty pageant awarded Rephaeli “Model of the Year” (2000). She played prominently in campaigns for the fashion brands Castro and Pilpel, and she starred in a Milky pudding commercial.
Refaeli has led campaigns for Chanel, Escada, Desigual, Subaru, Gap, Samsung, Moët & Chandon, Hurley, Garnier, Marco Bicego, Rampage, Andrew Marc, True Religion, Lucky Brand, Accessorize, Passionata, Besni, Fox, Agua Bendita, Arrow and Sears. She has appeared on the covers of such magazines as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Esquire, Glamour, Joy, L’Officiel, InTouch Style, Jolie, Maxim, Grazia, and Sports Illustrated.
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