Upon iconic “Vogue” magazine’s 120th anniversary coming up in 2012, legendary editor in chief, Anna Wintour, has recently talked in an interview to CBS news about stand out covers, including the one of her very first issue, which featured none other than Israeli supermodel Michaela Bercu, back in 1988. Wintour says the surprisingly casual image of a joyous Bercu was something new and different she wanted to try, in what appeared as seemingly not very glamorous and quite plain for the “fashion bible”.
The cover, showing Bercu sporting a Christian Lacroix gem-studded-cross top and a pair of jeans, was shot by renowned German photographer Peter Lindbergh, went down as a classic and a personal favorite of Wintour’s. Vogue recently launched a new website which features its entire work of cover art throughout the years, all in anticipation to its forthcoming anniversary of 120 years.
As for Michaela Bercu, the 6’0″ beauty is widely considered the most successful Israeli supermodel of all times, and has managed to try her hand at acting, having appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, starring Winona Ryder and Anthony Hopkins, back in 1992. She currently resides with husband,business tycoon Ron Zuckerman, and their four children in Los Angeles.
Ilya Grad, 24, made history when he became the first Israeli to enter Malaysia, after receiving specialpermission from the country’s Muslim authorities, in order to participate in a national TV reality show on boxing.
Grad, a former Israeli Muay Thai champion, the 2010 Asia champion and the second runner-up in the world championship, has been living and training in Thailand for the past four years. He has already won 38 competitions, and lost only nine times.
Malaysian television station AXN recently invited 16 of the world’s best boxers to participate in a reality show called “The Challenger Muaythai”. They live in the same house, eatand train together, and in the evenings they fight in a ring in front of the cameras.
Grad was nicknamed “Achilles” and had the honor of representing Israelin a country which legally bans the entry of Israelis.
“My friends and family asked if I was crazy when I just received the invitation,” he recalls. “They asked why would I want to do it, told me not to go and warned that I could get in trouble. But I decided that I wanted to do it because of the sportive challenge and in order to be the first person to wave the flag of Israel there.”
Despite the producers’ promise to guarantee his safety, when Grad landed in the Kuala Lumpur airport he was detained for 25 hours and wasn’t allowed to enter the country until the Malaysian sports minister personally intervened.
The Israeli boxer was eventually allowed to enter the country and received a special visa, but his passportwas not stamped.
“When I wanted to start the first fight, the producers demanded that I carry a flag of Russia, the country I was born in. It was absurd, and I explained to them that if I was forced to do that I would fly back home immediately,” he says. “They eventually gave in and waved our flag on prime time TV.”
The local audience was not as enthusiastic, responding with booing and loud roars.
Apparently, Bar Refaeli has started a trend … because just a few weeks after the Israeli model dipped herself in mud at the famous Dead Sea … some smokin’ hot Brazilian model tried to show her up.
Model Suelyn Medeiros (left) — whose butt you may recognize from the SEXIEST DUI EVER — mucked around in Israel this week … and fortunately for the rest of the world, she brought along a bathing suit and a camera.
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