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 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.100 list of 2012. Since 2013, she has been the host of The X Factor Israel.Refaeli once dated Baywatch actor David Charvet. In November 2005, she began a relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio after meeting him at a party in Las Vegas thrown for members of U2. 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. The relationship ended in June 2009. In 2010, numerous reports indicated that their romance had been rekindled,but in May 2011, it was reported that the couple had ended their romantic relationship, although they would remain friends.