Mazel Tov! Israeli Supermodel and Designer Bar Rafaeli Has Given Birth to a Baby Girl

(JTA) — The Israeli model Bar Refaeli has given birth to a healthy baby girl.

Refaeli, 31, gave birth to her first child on Thursday at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, which is also known as Ichilov hospital, Israeli media reported. The baby, weighing seven pounds, was named Liv.

Refaeli is considered Israel’s leading female model and was featured on the cover of the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. A former girlfriend of the Hollywood film star Leonardo DiCaprio, she was voted No. 1 on Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 list of 2012.

She is married to businessman Adi Ezra, and they both thanked hospital, staff and doctors for their help delivering their daughter, according to Israel’s Channel 2 news.

Refaeli had been documenting her growing baby bump over the past nine months on social media.

Just three days ago she posted a side-by-side snap with her friend Valentina Micchetti that required a double take.

One picture shows Bar hugging her heavily pregnant friend in Ibiza in 2013 — the other shows the exact reverse in Tel Aviv, with both women switching, outfits.

“We didn’t realize we were making memories we just knew we were having fun,” she captioned that image on Twitter.

Last month the new parents, who wed in September, enjoyed a romantic getaway in Spain ahead of their baby’s arrival.

Refaeli, an “X-Factor Israel” host and swimsuit designer, shared a selfie of the couple in Barcelona, calling her husband “my favorite human.”

Ezra, 41, is heir to his grandfather Dudi’s company, Neto Group, one of the five leading food conglomerates in Israel.

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Mazel Tov! Israeli Supermodel and Designer Bar Rafaeli Has Given Birth to a Baby Girl

Thank you!

This article has been sent!