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  • Miss World encourages rape survivors to speak out

    By Tom Tugend

    November 13, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    In 1998, when Linor Abargil, the reigning Miss Israel, was crowned Miss World in the oldest of all international beauty pageants, she shed tears — perhaps of joy, maybe of anger, possibly a mixture of both.

    Seven weeks before her coronation, the 18-year-old beauty had been...

  • From ‘scared child’ to Miss Israel

    June 24, 2013 | 10:41 am

    When Yitayish “Titi” Ayenew, the first black Miss Israel, was a young orphan who moved from Ethiopia to Israel, it was learning the Hebrew language that turned around her fortunes.

    “Then, I was a scared child,” Ayenew, 22, told students at Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen...

  • African-Israeli Splash

    April 4, 2013 | 3:45 am

    When Yityish Aynaw emigrated from Ethiopia to Israel at age 12, she was thrust into an Israeli classroom. An orphan lacking Hebrew skills, Aynaw says she relied on other kids and her own sheer ambition to get through.

    Ten years later, Aynaw, 22, is the first Ethiopian-Israeli to...

  • Miss Israel misses U.S. event due to visa restrictions

    March 19, 2013 | 6:53 am

    Yityish Aynaw may have a meeting set up with President Barack Obama when he travels to Israel later this week, but getting one with a U.S. embassy employee in Tel Aviv is a more difficult task.

    Israel's first beauty queen of Ethiopian Jewish descent was unable to attend a Friends...

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  • First Miss Israel of Ethiopian descent to dine with Obama

    March 14, 2013 | 8:14 am

    Yityish Aynaw, the first Miss Israel of Ethiopian descent, has been invited to meet President Obama at a dinner hosted by President Shimon Peres.

    Aynaw, 21, who was crowned two weeks ago, reportedly was invited at the behest of Obama's advance team, which is currently in Israel...

  • Arab spring comes with bikinis

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 10, 2011 | 11:12 am

    Huda Naccache spurred the “Arab bikini revolution” by being the Israeli Arab model with the least amount of clothing ever to be featured on the front page of a magazine, according to AFP.  The 22-year-old model from Haifa graced the cover of Lilac magazine as part of her campaign...

  • Huda Naccache, Miss Earth, Role Model

    By JewishJournal.com

    October 10, 2011 | 8:12 pm

    Huda Naccache, a 22 year old Israeli-Arab model, is at the center of a media frenzy in Israel.

    She posed in a revealing bikini for the cover of Lilac magazine, and while she defends her decision as normal,  the wall-to-wall coverage the sexy photo is getting in Israeli media...

  • Politics at Miss Universe Pageant

    By JTA Staff

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Miss Lebanon is boycotting this year's Miss Universe pageant, saying she will not participate alongside Miss Israel. Yamit Har-Noy, a 20-year-old member of the Israel Defense Force, called Christina Sawaya's decision "very distressing." "It is only a beauty pageant," Miss Israel said of the competition, which took place May 29 in Puerto Rico. "It has nothing to do with politics." -- JTA

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