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Miss "Black" Israel

 

President Obama Meets with First-Ever

Ethiopian Crowned Miss Israel

Israel is putting its best face forward for President Obama, and what better face to put forward for America's first black president than Israel's first black beauty queen? The newly crowned Miss Israelis, an Ethiopian Jewish immigrant to Israel.

She joined Obama for the official state dinner in Jerusalem. Ethiopian immigrants have struggled to integrate into Israeli society, but Obama will be getting a taste of some of their recent success stories.

 

A few weeks prior, more than a quarter of all Israeli TV viewers watched the judges announce the new Miss Israel of 2013. Titi is her name, short for Yityish Aynaw. She was the only black finalist in this year's beauty pageant and she has become Israel's first black beauty queen. She's tall, commanding, and outspoken. It's time that someone from my community, someone with my skin color, who is Israeli just like everyone else, represent the country, Aynaw said.

What captivated the judges was not only her beauty, but also her life story. Born in a small town, Titi was orphaned by the time she was about 10. She moved to Israel to live with her grandparents, who had already left Ethiopia for a new life here.

 

Titi said as an Ethiopian Jew, she grew up with stories about the Land of milk and honey, but her new life in Israel wasn't all milk and honey. Titi hardly remembered her grandparents. She was sent to an Israeli boarding school without knowing a word of Hebrew. Some of her classmates made fun of her Ethiopian name, Yitayish. What is Yitayish? This is my name. But it sounds weird, she says. There were times they'd call me Tayish. In Hebrew that's a kind of animal. You know? But she was proud of her Ethiopian heritage, and unlike many other Ethiopian Jewish immigrants who took on Hebrew names, she kept her own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the entire article, visit http://www.theworld.org/2013/03/ethiopian-crowned-miss-israel/

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Comment by GGGIAN1 on May 3, 2013 at 1:15am

CO-SIGN @ FELICIA SMITH.

Comment by Felicia Smith on May 2, 2013 at 9:35pm

Beautiful, but I hate the weave.

Comment by Brigette A. Stone on May 1, 2013 at 11:03pm
Proud of her
Comment by JUNGLIS on April 30, 2013 at 10:24pm

I HOPE THEY DIDN'T AWARD HER THE CROWN FOR POLITICAL REASONS................TO BE CONTINUED.........IN THE MEAN TIME, CONGRATS SISTER : o )

Comment by israel biniam on April 30, 2013 at 7:28am

proud of you 

Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on April 29, 2013 at 11:43pm
Sexy
Comment by Shaneece on April 29, 2013 at 8:41pm

Natural beauty...minus the weave.  We're getting there black women, slowly but surely.  As for this being evidence of good international relations.....pure propaganda.

Comment by jamella on April 29, 2013 at 4:19pm

You go girl!

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