Is It Easier To Be Plus-Sized in Israel or America?

When Tali Giat was picked as the winner of the show “More to Love” by bachelor Luke Conley, she became the first Israeli to win any American reality show, and the first plus-size woman to win any of the bachelor shows.

Late last fall, Giat and Conley broke up. Since then she has focused on building a career as a “Healthy Body Image and Self-Esteem Ambassador.” “Today I’m working to empower women, kids and teenagers to re-define beauty. What you see on TV and in magazines is not what is,” she told The Sisterhood. “It’s the industry that makes them look the way they look.”

Giat, who is 5’4” and ranges between sizes 10 and 14, was born and raised in Kfar Saba, Israel, the oldest of six children in a Yemenite family.

She moved to the States in 2005, after serving in the Israeli Navy and then studying architecture. “I decided to re-evaluate and needed time to breathe,” she said. “I served in the Gaza strip for a year the year the whole mess started. The family having the first child go to the military was very emotional.”

She arrived in America with less than $50 in her pocket, she said, and started attending art school in the Denver area, living there with an aunt and uncle, but had to drop out because she couldn’t afford the tuition.

Then, encouraged by an agent, she began modeling.

She told The Sisterhood:

Why did she decide to audition for “More to Love?” She explains:

As a relatively short plus-size model it’s not easy to find work, she said:

Is it easier to be plus-sized in Israel or in the U.S.? She told The Sisterhood:

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