(; born 4 June 1985) is an Israeli model and occasional actress, most known for her modeling work and for her relationship with American actor Leonardo DiCaprio
. She was the cover model of the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
Bar Refaeli was born into an Israeli Jewish
family in Hod HaSharon
, Israel. Her parents, Rafael and Tzipi, own a horse ranch. Her mother was a successful Israeli model in the 1970s under her maiden name, Tzipi Levine. Refaeli had to wear braces in her early years, interrupting her modeling until age 15, when she returned to modeling with the representation of Irene Marie Models
Refaeli began her modeling career before the age of 8 months for a baby commercial. By age 15, she was featured in campaigns for the fashion brands Castro
, also starring in a commercial for Milky
. Refaeli won the title "Model of The Year" in an Israeli beauty contest in 2000.
Refaeli has appeared in ELLE
, and GQ
(Italy). She debuted in the 2007 Sports Illustrated
Swimsuit Issue, becoming the first Israeli model to appear in the magazine, posing with rock band Aerosmith
. In 2009, Refaeli was the covermodel for the......