She has led campaigns for Garnier, Escada, Piaget SA, Chanel, Desigual, Subaru, Gap, Samsung, Moët & Chandon, Hurley, Marco Bicego, Rampage, Andrew Marc, True Religion, Accessorize, Passionata, Besni, Agua Bendita, Fox, Arrow, Castro and Sears. She has appeared on the covers of magazines such as Elle, Marie Claire, Vogue,Cosmopolitan, GQ, Esquire, Glamour, Maxim, Grazia, and Harper's Bazaar.
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. As of 2013, she has been the host of the first season of The X Factor Israel.
- 2 Modeling career
- 3 Film and television career
- 4 Business and investment career
- 5 Philanthropy
- 6 Personal life
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Refaeli at 18 years old
Refaeli was born in Hod HaSharon, Israel. Her parents, Rafael and Tzipi, own a horse ranch. Her family is Jewish. Her parents were born in Israel (sabras), and her grandparents were Jewish immigrants (from Italy, Lithuania, and Poland). Her mother was a successful model in the 1970s under her maiden name, Tzipi Levine.
|Refaeli's Sports Illustrated
Swimsuit Issue cover from 13 February 2009
Refaeli began her modeling career at the age of eight months, appearing in commercials. She had to wear braces in her early years, interrupting her modeling until age 15, when she returned to modeling. She was featured in campaigns for the fashion brands Castro andPilpel, also starring in a commercial for Milky. Refaeli won the title "Model of The Year" in an Israeli beauty pageant in 2000.
She has led campaigns for Garnier, Escada, Desigual, Subaru, Gap, Samsung, Moët & Chandon, Hurley, Marco Bicego, Rampage, Andrew Marc, True Religion, Accessorize, Passionata, Besni, Fox, Agua Bendita, Arrow and Sears. She has appeared on the covers of magazines such as Elle, Marie Claire, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Esquire, Glamour, Maxim, Grazia, and Harper's Bazaar.
Refaeli has appeared in ELLE (France), Maxim, and GQ (Italy). She debuted in the 2007 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, becoming the second Israeli model to appear in the magazine (after Michaela Bercu), posing with rock band Aerosmith. In 2009, Refaeli was the covermodel for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. 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, leading to criticism of Southwest from passengers for using an image they regarded as inappropriately sexual and "offensive to families". 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. The billboards were subsequently removed.
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". 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. 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 April 2012, Shalom Life ranked her Number 4 on its list of the "50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish women in the world".Refaeli has been referred to as a supermodel by Maxim Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, the Dailymail, The Algemeiner, Jpost, The Independent and others.Refaeli at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival
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, 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.
On 18 January 2011, Refaeli attended the premiere of the English-language movie Session in Israel in which she starred. Directed by Israeli Haim Bouzaglo, the film is apsychological thriller that tells the story of a manipulative psychiatrist who becomes obsessed with a new young patient.
In 2013, she played a starring role in the Israeli crime-caper film Kidon, a comedy in which she stars as a Mossad assassin involved in liquidating a Hamas terrorist in Dubai.
Refaeli invests in a variety of business ventures in Israel, and has also launched her own. In 2011 Refaeli and Dudi Balsar, an attorney and former male model, set up an E-commercecompany called Under.me, to sell designer underwear. As well as its investor, Refaeli runs business development for the venture. By November 2011, the company had raised $1 million in venture capital funds.
In 2013, her startup 'Mika Look', which is an iPad app that allows users to purchase the items that models are wearing, raised $1.2 million in its first financing round.
Additionally, Refaeli is one of the main investors behind MyCheck, which processes payments behind smart phones, and which raised $1.7 million in its first financing round. In its second financing round, it raised $4.2 million.
Refaeli volunteers for Project Sunshine, a non-profit providing free services and programs for children facing life-threatening illnesses.
She led a free campaign under the slogan "One Bag Less" to reduce the use of plastic bags in Israel.
In 2009, she led an unpaid campaign on behalf of the Israel Water Authority, to educate the public about water use and conservation.
On 7 June 2013, Refaeli hosted a beach party in Tel Aviv for participants of the city's gay pride parade. She also posted a photo of herself on social media standing in front of a urinal, with the caption, "Gay, lesbians, bisexual, transgender: ALL EQUAL TLV #gayweek."
In November 2013, Refaeli spoke out in support of legislation for civil unions in Israel, as part of a campaign for the proposed Knesset bill.
Refaeli once dated Baywatch actor, David Charvet, and actor, Uri El-Natan. In November 2005, she began a relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio after meeting him at a party in Las Vegas thrown for members ofU2. 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.
Refaeli's relationship with DiCaprio caused one nationalist Israeli organization to send her a letter, later leaked to the press, 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.
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, which is mandatory for both men and women over the age of 18. 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. 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". In 2009 fellow Israeli model Esti Ginzburg, while speaking in support of enlisting, criticized Refaeli for her evasion of military service. In 2011 Refaeli was featured on the cover of Italian GQ's war-themed May 2011 issue.