Bar Refaeli (בר רפאלי) 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.
Bar Refaeli was born on 4 June 1985 into an Israeli Jewish family in Hod HaSharon, Israel. Her parents, Rafael and Tzipi, owned a horse ranch. Her mother was a successful Israeli model in the 1970s under her maiden name Tzipi Levine. Bar Refaeli has three brothers.
Bar Refaeli began her modelling career around the age of eight months posing for a baby commercial. Bar Refaeli had to wear braces in her early years, interrupting her modelling until age 15, when she returned to modelling with the representation of Irene Marie Models. By age 15, she was featured in campaigns for the fashion brands Castro and Pilpel, also starring in a commercial for Milky.
Bar Refaeli won the title “Model of The Year” in an Israeli beauty contest in 2000. Bar 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. In 2009, Bar Refaeli was the a cover model for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. A photo from the shoot, featuring a bikini-clad Bar Refaeli, was painted on the side of a Boeing 737 in a promotional deal with Southwest Airlines. She has modelled for Subaru, Accessorize, Brazilian clothing brand Besni, Italian jewellery line Marco Bicego, and Rampage. In 2009, she worked for Garnier International.
On 5 March 2009, Bar Refaeli received the “World Style Award,” presented by the Women’s World Awards, for her “natural elegance, sense of style and compassion.” In October of the same year, Bar Refaeli co-hosted Fashionable Istanbul’s press conference announcing their October 2009 fashion event, also appearing in its advertising. Bar Refaeli was voted #42 in 2008, #57 in 2010, and #97 in 2011 in the FHM “100 Sexiest Women” list and came in first on Maxim’s Hot 100 list of 2012.
In 2012 Bar Refaeli launched her own underwear line Under.Me.
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