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Bar Gone Wild

bar refaeli esquireHoly Crap! Bar Rafaeli’s latest cover-page splash seems to do nothing but “snap-crackle-pop”. The sizzling 23 year old Israeli model seems to be getting more daring, as her posing for America’s oldest and (many say) most prestigious men’s magazine, Esquire, leaves almost nothing to the imagination.

Following her recent cover page pose for Sport’s Illustrated swimsuit edition (also a very prestigious gig that many top athletes literally fight for) Bar was approached by Esquire‘s photo people who offered her a bit of an “unusual” pix in which she would pose au natural with excerpts from author Stephen King’s latest tale . Bar’s attributes are definitely attracting attention in world beauty circles, and the high profile rating beauty and pop culture magazine Maxim has rated Bar as number 3 of the world’s 100 “hottest” women (that goes beyond sexy, I believe). In fact, Maxim went one step further in its admiration for the young Sabra beauty queen by saying:

“If there’s any evidence that the Middle East is a land of beauty and wonder – not just unending turbulence – Bar is it.”

Well, in Bar’s case, we can very much agree with Maxim. Said to still be hanging out with actor Leonardo di Caprio, despite rumors they had gone their separate ways, Ms. Rafaeli seems to be well on the way to topping Maxim’s list which is now headed by actresses Megan Fox and Olivia Wilde.

Many Hollywood actresses, including icons like Marilyn Monroe, started off as fashion models, like Rafaeli presently is now. Is she getting ready to set her goals toward the cinema industry? If she does, no telling where it will take her, as she’s definitely on her way there now!

Bar Refaeli Not on List of World’s Ten Sexist Women

When an article appeared recently in some news sites regarding the list of the world’s ten most sexiest women (including Britney Spears of all people), it appears it left out a young woman who has already received the attention of model and fashion publications all over the world; many of whom have picked her as the world’s most sexiest female. And that person is none other than 23 year old Bar Refaeli, Israel’s sizzling blue eyed bomb shell who must have something going for her as she was Hollywood film star Leonardo di Caprio‘s personal friend and ornament for more than a year.

Bar Refaeli on Sports IllustratedRefaeli, who hails from the town of Hod Hasharon, just outside Tel Aviv, is just one example of the luscious and foxy females that this Mediterranean country of only 7 million has managed to produce since its founding 61 years ago. Bar is not exactly a role model for her country though, since she split for the USA not long after finishing high school, and has said during interviews with Israeli newspapers that she considers serving in the Israeli Army as “a waste of time” and that posing in swimsuits is much better for her career.

Ms. Refaeli, who is said to have a “perfect hourglass figure” of 89-61-90 in centimeters, which ‘translated’ into American means 35.6-24.4-36, has become a well known fashion fixture in a number of magazines, including Sports Illustrated, and fashion clothing and cosmetic companies like Ralph Lauren. She is also listed with several high ranking fashion model agencies, including One Management (NY), IMG (Paris/Milan) and Iconic (Berlin). After making the fashion scene in the Big Apple, where she was seen frequently with DiCaprio, she changed her location to Los Angeles in September 2008, after apparently breaking up from the star of Titanic, Blood Diamonds, and other well known flicks. Bar, who speaks perfect American English, besides her native Hebrew, appears to feel comfortable on either side of the world, whether it be the USA or her native Israel.

Sports Illustrated hired her to be in some promotion films wearing sports clothing and an array of fashion swimsuits. She was also photographed recently by world renown Italian fashion photographer, Raphael Mazzucco, on the Caribbean Grenadines Islands. When interviewed by Swimsuit 2009, she pulled out all the stops regarding her personal life, career aims, and what “that special guy” in her life has to be. According to Bar, the guy in her life has to have “a sense of humor, a love of life, family values, and be intelligent, giving and understanding”. Apparently Mr. di Caprio did not possess all of these traits, even though Refaeli still considers him as “a personal friend”.

She doesn’t like to go on blind dates, and doesn’t like guys who are vain and “like to talk about themselves”. She also doesn’t like guys who “curse a lot รขโ‚ฌโ€œ that’s a definite no!”

Bar hopped over to home country recently to do some publicity bits, including some public service ads dealing with Israel’s worsening water crises, where she and other Israeli personalities were seen “drying up” to dramatize the need by the public to conserve water resources and help save the rapidly depleting Sea of Galilee. Although she constantly exercises to watch her weight and keep her figure in shape, she loves good food, and will occasionally deviate from her health food regime to down “fries and a burger”. When asked what food from Israel she misses the most, her immediate reply was : “Humus! I have yet to find a good place outside of Israel that serves good hummus”.

At least that’s something that she misses from there!

Bar Refaeli Conquers America

The annual release of the Swimsuit Issue of Sports Illustrated is practically a national holiday in the States. Supermodels are defined by their appearance in the Swimsuit Issue. The entire media is abuzz with excitement and awe whenever a new Swimsuit issue comes out. And this year… our very own Bar Rafaeli has been chosen as the front cover girl!

This undated image released by Sports Illustrated/Raphael Mazzucco, shows model Bar Refaeli on the cover of the Feb. 14, 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, on sale now.  (AP Photo/Sports Illustrated, Raphael Mazzucco)    **NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY FOR THREE WEEKS, ENDING MARCH 6, 2009. NO SALES. ONE TIME USE ONLY, NO ARCHIVES** **MANDATORY CREDIT: SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, RAPHAEL MAZZUCCO**

This undated image released by Sports Illustrated/Raphael Mazzucco, shows model Bar Refaeli on the cover of the Feb. 14, 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, on sale now. (AP Photo/Sports Illustrated, Raphael Mazzucco) **NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY FOR THREE WEEKS, ENDING MARCH 6, 2009. NO SALES. ONE TIME USE ONLY, NO ARCHIVES** **MANDATORY CREDIT: SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, RAPHAEL MAZZUCCO**

She is only 23, but Bar Refaeli is already an international sensation. She grew up in Hod HaSharon, a suburban city southeast of Tel Aviv, and has been modeling her entire life. For the past 3 years, she’s been dating the “Titanic” Leonardo DiCaprio.

Mind you, Bar already made an appearance in the 2007 Swimsuit Issue of Sports Illustrated on the inset page. However, this year she is spread over the front cover itself. A gigantic copy of the cover page has been plastered in Times Square, New York, causing serious traffic jams.

Bar is a Hebrew adjective which means “Wild and Raw”.

Bar Refaeli - Behind the Scenes

DiCaprio and Peres Meeting

Peres & DiCaprio This is sort of an odd picture I thought. I got it from People.

Israeli Vice Premier and former Prime Minister Shimon Peres requested a meeting with DiCaprio, 32, within hours of the actor’s March 11 arrival in Tel Aviv with his Israeli girlfriend, model Bar Refaeli, 21, a Peres aide tells PEOPLE.

“The meeting was pleasant and interesting,” says the aide. “Shimon told Leo about his Peace Valley project [a joint Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian economic development plan] and Leo spoke about [11th Hour,] his documentary on the environment.”

The aide says Peres asked DiCaprio to help promote the stalled Middle East peace process and to further campaign for protecting the environment globally. According to the source, DiCaprio promised to help on both issues.

DiCaprio was plagued by local photographers and barely escaped in Jerusalem the other day. He stayed with Bar’s family in Hod HaSahron. They had a tearful goodbye at the airport and seem to be good together. Hope he comes again ๐Ÿ˜‰

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