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Miss Israel beauty queen Yityish Aynaw

Miss Israel beauty queen Yityish Aynaw

Miss Israel beauty queen Yityish Aynaw

Miss Israel beauty queen Yityish Aynaw, or “Titi” was born in Chahawit, a small village in northern Ethiopia, Gondar Province in 1992. Yityish Aynaw has gone on a remarkable life journey from a little girl playing barefoot in an Ethiopian village to an Israeli beauty queen who’s ready to shine on the world stage. The beautiful girl has become the first from the Ethiopian Israeli immigrant minority to be crowned Miss Israel and the first black Miss Israel winner. Her father died when she was two years old and her mother died eight years later. Heartbroken, she arrived in Israel with her brother to live with their Ethiopian Jewish grandparents.

Miss Israel 2013 Yityish Aynaw

Miss Israel 2013 Yityish Aynaw

Aynaw was twelve. “Because I was deeply hurt and I wanted to escape from Ethiopia and forget everything that had happened and get on with it,” she adds. “I wanted to break away from everything and go on.” While still a child, Aynaw was faced with a new language, a new culture and all the rest of challenges that come with starting a new life in a foreign country. After graduating high school, Aynaw served as a Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps of the Israel Defense Forces and afterwards worked in a clothing store. Tall and beautiful, she long had her eye on becoming a model but she never thought about taking part in a pageant. Instead, it was a friend of hers who entered her name into the Miss Israel competition. Aynaw lives in Netanya, Israel. Aynaw will represent Israel in Miss Universe 2013

Miss Israel 2013 Yityish Aynaw

Miss Israel 2013 Yityish Aynaw

The national beauty pageant success in February changed her life. Within some weeks, her name and image spread across newspapers and websites in Israel and abroad. On March 2013, Yityish Titi Aynaw was invited by the US president Barack Obama and the White House administration to attend a gala with Shimon Peres and Obama as he appreciated Israel crowning a black woman as Miss Israel and Aynaw having Obama as her “role model”. As the first ever black Miss Israel, Aynaw says that she’s never been the victim of racism but adds that there have been instances where friends of hers have been treated differently because of the color of their skin.

Aynaw is now hoping to carve out a successful career in fashion and also serve as a role model for her community. And although her future seems set to be filled with glamorous days, Aynaw says ultimately her formula for a happy life rests on one thing. “I have always dreamed of having a big family, a big house and a lot of kids,” she says. “I want to give my kids the experience I never had. That is my great dream.”

Miss Israel beauty queen Yityish Aynaw

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