Skip to comments.Yityish Aynaw: First black Miss Israel will go to the ball (w. Obama)
Posted on 03/21/2013 9:12:40 AM PDT by traumer
It's been an astonishing three weeks for Yityish Aynaw, an immigrant orphan from Ethiopia, who became the first black Miss Israel last month, and has now been invited to Thursday's gala dinner with visiting US President Barack Obama.
When Yityish Aynaw arrived in Israel as a 12-year-old, winning beauty contests and dining with presidents was as far from her thoughts as her native Ethiopia is from her adopted land.
Her mother had just died, leaving her an orphan - her father had died years earlier. So her mother's parents, who were among thousands of Ethiopian Jews already living in Israel, arrived in Addis Ababa to fetch Yityish and her older brother.
In their new home, they had to learn Hebrew from scratch.
"It wasn't easy because I couldn't speak the language and I was put into a regular class without any help," Aynaw, now 21, told the BBC World Service.
"It was a new language. It was a new culture. Quite often children even laughed at me," she says, though she adds that she also met many kind people.
But Aynaw was determined to succeed in her adopted country.
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
One can see why Solomon ... oh, never mind, I’ll just get flamed for saying she’s a beauty.
Ok let me get this straight, She (at 12) went to Isreal AND “”It wasn’t easy because I couldn’t speak the language and I was put into a regular class without any help,” Aynaw, now 21, told the BBC World Service.”, But in THIS country these LAZY A$$ Mexicans can’t be “bothered” to actually LEARN English when THEY “come” here...humm...Just AMAZING!!
Agree emphatically! Much hotter women just walking around.
That’s a bad photo. I’ve seen others that looked much better.
Israel has strict regulations on imported wildlife, so she couldn’t come.
Everyone should read the article. Obammie is this chick’s hero.
“It is a great honour not just for me, but the other people that I represent.”
Comment from a reader, “Her victory is great for us because it shows that the most beautiful woman is black and that people accept difference.
Obama and his followers are all about racism. Birds of a feather.....
The Ethiopian Jews are authentic. The Ethiopian engineers that I have worked with are G-d fearing, highly educated conservatives who overcame incredible obstacles.
The Jews of Ethipia have been there for over 2000 years.
Ethiopia also seems to have the most beautiful women in all of Africa.
One can see why Solomon ... oh, never mind, Ill just get flamed for saying shes a beauty.
Unlike this beauty, the Queen of Sheba had a very good understanding of what was wise, intelligent, and blessed.
Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame of which I heard. Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom! Blessed be the LORD your God, who delighted in you, setting you on the throne of Israel! Because the LORD has loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness." 1Kings 10:7-9
As for her looks, I agree with you.
I will never allow my distrust or hatred for certain individuals or ideas to cloud my judgement of what I consider to be a beautiful woman.
As for getting flamed.
I never allow my distrust or hatred for certain individuals or ideas to cloud my judgement of what I consider to be a beautiful woman, even if it means I will get flamed by those I usually agree with.
A bit off topic, but this article prompted me to do a search for my old friend and colleague, Kitaw Ejigu.
Sadly, I found that he had died:
He was the most admirable guy, a great and devoted father, a creative engineer, and a solidly moral man in every way.
America is a better place because of such immigrants.
I’m getting all misty now.
LOL I hear ya.
Who knows; but slobbering over Obama is may be an indication.
"Hey, that's my department."
I cannot imagine there are a lot of Israelis who slobber over Obama, given his treatment of their country, but...there are liberals over there, too.
And liberalism trumps all.
Yes, she certainly is Jewish. Ethiopian Jews trace their line back to the time of King Solomon. Also more photos. She’s beautiful by anyone’s standards. Israel is the most diverse, welcoming country in the Middle East, by far.
President Obama Meets with First-Ever Ethiopian Crowned Miss Israel
March 21, 2013
Israel is putting its best face forward for President Obama, and what better face to put forward for Americas first black president than Israels first black beauty queen? The newly crowned Miss Israel is an Ethiopian Jewish immigrant to Israel.
She is joining Obama Thursday 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 ago, 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 years beauty pageant and she has become Israels first black beauty queen. Shes tall, commanding, and outspoken.
Its 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 wasnt 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 theyd call me Tayish. In Hebrew thats 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.
Yityish Aynaw is crowned Miss Israel. Shes the first Ethiopian Jewish immigrant to ever win the title. (Photo credit: Sasson Moshe)
She learned Hebrew fast, excelled in school, and became an army officer after graduation. And now, shes been crowned Israels most beautiful woman.
Immediately after winning the competition, she was photographed for La Isha, Israels equivalent of Vogue magazine. Shes only the second black Israeli to appear on the cover.
Thats why I feel like I made history, that I blazed a trail, she says. An Ethiopian woman is on the cover of the magazine! she said.
Ethiopian Jews are said to be the fabled descendants of the Israelite tribe of Dan. Israel began airlifting them to the Jewish state three decades ago.
Hot doesn’t necessarily mean beautiful, you know. I’m glad you aren’t a beauty queen judge.
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