Bar Rafaeli – Famous Model

Who is Bar Rafaeli?

Bar Rafaeli is an Israeli-born supermodel.


June 4, 1985

Birth Place

Hod HaSharon, Israel

Zodiac Sign


Her early life and career beginnings

The beautiful model was born and raised in Israel to a secular Jewish family. Her father, Rafi Rafaeli, is a horse stable owner, while her mother was a former successful model in the 1970s.

As a gorgeous baby girl whose mother was a model, she naturally began modeling as a child, appearing in commercials, photoshoots, and advertisements until twelve, after which she took a break because of her braces and returned to the scene when she turned fifteen. An Israeli fashion awards ceremony awarded her Model of the Year in 2000 because of her outstanding modeling skills. Bar Rafaeli, at this time, appeared in fashion campaigns, including for Castro and Pilpel, and starred in a Milky pudding commercial.

Bar Rafaeli’s professional career life

Bar Rafaeli quickly went global, appearing in editorials for several editions of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel, V, GQ, i-D, and Allure. She also appeared on various international covers of Elle, Marie Claire, GQ, Maxim, and Esquire.

As a highly sought-after model, she appeared in many advertising campaigns for fashion brands like Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Escada, Marks and Spencer, Gap, True Religion, and non-fashion brands like Samsung, Moët & Chandon, Subaru, and the likes.

In her burgeoning modeling career, she achieved the rare feat of becoming the second Israeli model to appear in Sports Illustrated magazine. Her cover for the 2009 issue prompted Southwest Airlines to paint the bikini-clad model on the side of its Boeing 737, much to the chagrin of some passengers who outrightly criticized the airline for their offensive display.

She appeared on the cover of the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Bar Rafaeli was voted No. 1 on Maxim’s magazine Hot 100 list of 2012, and Shalom Life also placed her fourth on its 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish women in the world. She was also the highest-paid Israeli model in 2013, according to Forbes Israel, amongst other notable awards.

Bar Rafaeli’s other ventures

Other than her modeling career, she is a television host who has hosted The Xfactor Israel since 2013 and also was a co-host of Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv. She also co-hosted Fashionable Istanbul’s press conference in 2009 and other shows.

She has featured and starred in music videos, films, and televisions and was a guest judge in 2009 for Project Runway Israel and Germany’s Next Topmodel in 2011.

Bar Rafaeli is business savvy and has startups that include her model casting show, Million Dollar Shootingstar, an iPad app, Mika Look, and other fashion businesses that have continued to thrive.
She is also an activist who has participated in various campaigns to help humanity.

Her personal life

After being in a long-term relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio from 2005 to 2011, she married an Israeli businessman, Adi Ezra. She has three children, two daughters and a son. Her fashion sense is evident on her Instagram account of 3.3 million followers, where she posts gorgeous pictures of herself.

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