Is she even Jewish? Or was this just a feel-good/PR move for Israel?
Ethiopian Jew ... and H A W T.
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.
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.