Ethiopian beauty crowned Miss Israel 2013


Aynaw (2nd from left) the new Miss Israel 2013, will compete in Miss World; while Bar Hefer (right) was elected Israel’s Maiden of Beauty and will compete in Miss Universe.

Yityish (Titi) Aynaw, 21, of Netanya, was crowned Miss Israel 2013 on Wednesday night. She is the first Ethiopian-born woman who has won the beauty pageant.

In response to a question by one of the contest’s judges, the new beauty queen said: “It’s important to have a first (beauty) queen from the Ethiopian community. Israel has many ethnic groups and many colors, and it’s important to show it to the world.”

Her remark received a warm round of applause from the audience at the Haifa Congress Center.

Yityish, which means “a look to the future” Amharic, served as an officer in the IDF and now runs a fashion store. She immigrated to Israel at the age of 12. “My aliyah was pretty tough,” she said. “A new language, a modern society. I’m lucky to have had a friend, Noa, who befriended me from the start and helped me out. I didn’t study in a ulpan. I was thrown into the deep water and learned the best that way.”

Asked during the competition which historical character had influenced her the most, she mentioned Martin Luther King: “He fought for justice and equality, and that’s one of the reasons I’m here – to show that there are also good things in my community, which are not presented in the media.

“I see it as a mission to represent Israel’s different colors. There are not enough dark-skinned models in Israel.

“I hope to become a successful model thanks to the contest and create a change in the perception of dark-skinned models. I would be happy to be the first Ethiopian television host, an Israeli Tyra Banks.”

Yityish will represent Israel at the Miss World 2013 competition to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, on September 20th.

35 thoughts on “Ethiopian beauty crowned Miss Israel 2013

  1. i like Ethiopia culture gilrs are very cute! bigup

  2. i proud of her from Ethiopia

  3. nefertari vivi says:


  4. Miss Israel Universe is very weak this year.

  5. This girl has so much potential, but she needs to have her teeth fixed ASAP. Love her skin one and physique.

  6. ella no va poder participar en miss mundo, es verdad, por ser de israel

    • Probablemente, hay inestabilidad politica, el tiempo dira.

    • can your write in english please for more understanding. i am proud of Ethiopia

  7. She is lovely but I prefer the first runner up who will be going to Miss Universe. She is prettier.

  8. very happy to see a black woman crowned miss israel!her first runner up is beautiful too!
    good luck for the new miss israel!!!

  9. Grreat for Israel to standout at Miss World.


  10. Miss World 2013: Miss Israel, Yityish Aynaw!!!

  11. hector rivera says:

    search in youtbe “Miss Israel 2013: Yityish Aynaw becomes first ever Ethiopian-Israeli winner of beauty crown” and at the end of the video the reporter say she will compete at Miss Universe

    • There are conflicting reports, however the tradition is that Miss Israel always competes in Miss World. We’ll see what happens, it is not a matter of life and death.

      • This is not correct. Israel used to send its winner to Miss Universe. At the end of the 1980s I think they switched and sent the winner to Miss World. In 1999 they switched again and sent the winner to Miss Universe again until 2005 and from 2006 on they send the winner to Miss World again.
        As you can see they switch from time to time.

        • When I said ‘traditionally’ I meant about the latest years. Like I said, it is not a matter of life and death, at least not for me. I know there are people whose life depend on which pageant they go to.

        • I stand corrected. It is just a matter of time to see in which pageant she ends up, then. Doesn’t really matter.


      • hector rivera says:

        nobody is saying or suggesting its a matter of death or life.

    • The Miss World website has confirmed that Yityish will represent Israel at Miss World.

      • hector rivera says:


  12. pretty girl but doesn’t have what it takes to be a beauty queen on an international platform. i saw other pics of her and she needs a lot of makeup to cover her bad skin! :(

  13. If she went to Miss universe, she might win it. Great answers, great face, height and so different than Israel’s past winners. I hope she takes Miss World by storm.

  14. Beautiful ;)

  15. She is pretty! But how sad for her…. because Israeli citizens are not allowed to visit Indonesia. Therefore, she won’t be able to attend. Just like when Miss Europe was held in Lebanon, there was no Miss Israel.

  16. My favourite was actually Hilal Bilaty

  17. Wish her God’s blessings!

  18. Bar Hefer is the first from right in the pic not the second from right in the pic.

  19. Bar Hefer is 1st from right. The 2nd from right is Israel Teen Queen, Hila Balilty.

  20. john from england says:

    And more importantly she is stunning

  21. Clapper ALERT!

    • That was uncalled for. Let’s see a pic of you then, Olga. I’m sure you wouldn’t come close.

  22. That is so awesome there are so many people of the African Diaspora everywhere in the world.

    • because their countries can’t support their wellbeing (i.e jobs, education, etc). meaning their countries fail the ppl. same goes to the filipin

      • You are crazy. Your grammar is bad. Stop criticizing other nationalities. You are an asshole. Racist!

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