Intro

If you’ve been following the fashion world for some time, you’ve probably noticed a certain someone. We’re talking about a special, charismatic lady hailing from the Middle East, characterized by a unique figure and tantalizing light blue eyes. We’re talking about Bar Refaeli, the pride of Israel and one of the most famous models of all time. Despite having an incredible modeling career, that’s just one part of her endeavors.

She combined her truly amazing career with smart investments, alongside acting, hosting and other gigs. All that resulted in her attaining quite a net worth. Let’s take a look at the life of one of the shining start of the modeling world. We’ll get to know Bar like you’ve never thought it could be possible.

Life

Bar Refaeli was born on 4 June 1985, in the small Israeli town of Hod HaSharon. Unlike many girls in her home country, she had the luck of being born into a secular Jewish family. Because they weren’t Orthodox Jews, her parents Rafi and Tzipi allowed her to explore all the wonders of the world. She states that her religious background motivated her to be a better person and to look at people in a different light.

Her parents were both born in Israel, with her also having Italian, Lithuanian and Polish roots. If you’ve been wondering how this lady did start her modeling career, her mother is the answer. Tzipi Levine herself was a famous model back in the 1970s, with many contemporary fashion historians comparing her to Heidi Klum even!

“My mum is my beauty icon because she represents what I think beauty is.”

At just eight months, young Bar started appearing in many commercials on Israeli TV channels. She was immediately noticed for being tall for her age, along with having incredibly clear blue eyes. Her popularity quickly skyrocketed and she found herself an international star. Refaeli is widely regarded as one of the versatile models, appearing in high fashion and sportswear campaigns, as well as non-clothing brands.

“Since I was 8 months old, till I was 12, I did commercials and ads and cute little stuff for kids. Then I had braces on my teeth. They took them off when I was 16, and then I started modeling more seriously and doing more fashion.”

Aside from her modeling work, you could say that Bar is one of the most versatile celebrities in this day and age. She is known for her humanitarian work, investments and starting up companies, as well as hosting a few famous shows in her home country.

She has also been involved with many famous men, the most significant of is, of course, Leonardo DiCaprio. He caused a whole lot of chaos when he arrived in Israel to spend some time with Bar. They were together twice. The first time was a four year relationship, and their other attempt lasted only around one year.

Modeling career

One of the most amazing career trajectories began when Bar was just eight months when she made an appearance in a couple of advertisements. Ever since such an infant age, the young bar was a star. The cameras loved her and she loved them even more. After a steady stream of commercials here and there, along with some formal training, she went on to become a full-time model. However, she had to pause her modeling dreams when she was 12, due to a problem with her teeth growing awkwardly. Thankfully for her, the break only lasted for 3 years and she was back and better than ever.

“Since I was 8 months old, till I was 12, I did commercials and ads and cute little stuff for kids. Then I had braces on my teeth. They took them off when I was 16, and then I started modeling more seriously and doing more fashion.”

Her biggest break came in 2000 when she was awarded the “Model of the Year” award at the Israeli fashion award ceremony. That award made Israeli companies and designers notice her, alongside many interested parties abroad. Castro and the Israeli swimsuit company Pilpel featured her heavy in their commercials. This was mostly because she was signed by Irene Marie Models in 2000. The contract also allowed her to appear in Milky’s commercials several times.

In the summer of 2002, she had the honor of becoming the Renuar Fashion Channel home model, featured in many programs and catalogs. By the time she was 20, she blew up and every company was investing their best efforts to persuade her to work with them. French Elle, Italian GQ, Cosmo, and Maxim were just some of the magazines that featured her as a cover model. It’s no small feat for a foreign-born model to be such a superstar at a young age.

Regardless of which country, Bar has appeared on seemingly every existing magazine cover. Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, Marie Claire, Esquire, Max – she has been a multiple-time cover model for these magazines, in more than 40 countries. This is a feat that has been achieved by only a few people and no other Israeli model. Due to her constant effort and relentless work ethic, Bar has achieved planetary popularity over the years. As she grew more and more popular, so did the campaigns she had the joy of featuring in.

Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Desigual, Escada, Reebok, Sears, Arrow, Lucky Brand, True Religion and Passionata – these are just some of the prestigious brands that Refaeli has appeared in advertising campaigns, Because her charisma was so contagious and her work ethic was unparalleled, companies like Samsung and Subaru couldn’t resist having her on board. One of the pinnacles of her career was an appearance of the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition in 2009. She was only the first Israeli woman that has appeared on the cover of this prestigious magazine.

“These ‘Sports Illustrated’ people, they know how to hold a secret.”

Throughout her career, she became respected as a positive role model for young girls, advocating for stricter rules in the fashion industry. The bar has always elected to use her power for good purposes. Also, she is known for advocating the use of healthy diets and physical exercises for models to reach their desired weight and body shape. One time, she came under controversy because of her collaboration with Southwest Airlines on the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Many media members slammed her for appearing scarcely dressed by the logo of a family-oriented airplane company. Of course, she didn’t feel insulted by the reactions of the puritans. She stayed true to herself and confident in her beauty.

Acting career

Unlike most models, Refaeli was aware that she wasn’t a one-trick pony. Ever since she was a little kid, she loved both performing and appreciating different forms of art. Despite being a model ever since she wasn’t even a year old, Bar loved reading and acting almost as much. It’s just that she realized that modeling was a more lucrative profession than the other ones. It also worked wonders for her self-confidence.

“As a little girl, I was always shy, but in front of the camera I wasn’t.”

In 2005, Bar finally made her big step and co-starred in an Israeli TV drama show Pick Up. It was her debut on the big screen and the receptions weren’t anything short of excellent. People loved her natural shy trait and way she handles herself on the screen. Despite having no formal training whatsoever, Bar was incredibly capable.

In 2009, she decided to collaborate with MTV on their short revival of House Of Style. During that time, MTV was still popular and people loved the fact that they scored a collaboration with a famous model. However, despite her excellent start, Bar wasn’t satisfied yet. In 2011, her movie debut was out. It was the Israeli-American psych-triller named Session. It tells the story about a psychiatrist that is obsessed with a young patient and constantly tries to manipulate her.

Heidi Klum is a dear friend of her, so logically Bar accepted the invitation to be a guest judge of Germany’s Next Topmodel. That experience served as a valuable idea and motivation to start her own model casting show – Million Dollar Shootingstar on the German channel Sat.1.

Her popularity truly skyrocketed when she accepted to be the host of the entire first season of the Israeli iteration of X-Factor. That led the show to become the most popular in Israel and Bar to becoming more and more an icon of the entire nation.

Another film of hers is also as weird as Session. In Kidon, the French-Israeli work, she is Mossad assassin that is tasked with the killing of a terrorist fugitive. She obviously has a knack for the stranger side of art, which is one of the reasons why people love her. Both in acting and modeling, her priority is to be authentic in performing and relentless in preparation. A true idol!

Investment endeavors

Some people view their fame merely as a momentary pleasure, as something that they should bask in and stop working. However, others merely see fame as an excellent start and as means to get the resources to become and accomplish what they really wanted. Bar Refaeli certainly belongs to the second group, as she is one of Israel’s most successful and most hard-working investors. A testament to that is her $20+ million of net worth, making her the richest Israeli model by far.

A visionary, Bar is never afraid to take a chance on an up and coming company. That’s why she has a stake in many fashion companies, such as in Carolina Lemke, a high-end glasses manufacturing company. This is just one of the smart investments that Refaeli has committed herself to. Some years back, she bought a 5% stake in Castro when they weren’t as famous as now. In 2016, she flipped that stake and earned $4 million.

One of her first endeavors in entrepreneurship was the creation of Under.me, an E-commerce company that sells luxury underwear. If you thought that Bar only has a nose for investing, you were wrong. She is also the head of business development for the entire company. It raised $1 million in capital funds in less than 9 months.

Apps like Mika look, a clothing fashion tool, and MyCheck have Bar’s fingerprints all over them. In multiple financing rounds, she was amassed almost $6 million in total. It seems as if she is more skilled each day, something that isn’t very common in the investing world. Another thing worth mentioning is that these endeavors are just testaments to the incredible amounts of talents Bar has. She motivates people, loves her country and is a committed family woman, loving her two boys very much.

Interesting facts about Bar Refaeli

1. Modeling is in her family. Bar’s 11-years younger brother On is an actor and male model. It seems like her mother really has some incredible genes.

2. Her surname is Biblical. It is a reference to the Biblical angel Raphael. It’s not a common one even in Israel, which made her a center of attention even at a young age.

3. AskMen, Maxim, Esquire and many other men’s magazines have pronounced her one of the most attractive women alive.

4. She has two daughters with her husband Adi Ezra. Liv Ezra and Elle Ezra are one and two years old, respectively.

Bar Refaeli revolutionized the fashion world, making it possible for Middle Eastern women to be on top of the game as well. Through a healthy mindset and a respectable worth ethic, she has conquered every possible magazine cover and ad campaign possible. Not only did she not stop at modeling, but Bar also managed to amass quite a fortune using her shrewd nose for the market. Her acting is also an amazing trait, as she is always seen having fun on the set. If there is one model that little girls should look up to, it should be Bar definitely.