What Miss Israel Was Up To at the Miss Universe Pageant by the Forward

What Miss Israel Was Up To at the Miss Universe Pageant

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Miss Israel, Avigail Alfatov, didn’t make it to the top 15 in Sunday night’s Miss Universe Pageant.

In the grand scheme of things, that might not be such a bad thing. At least Steve Harvey never got the chance to confuse her with any other candidate..

But despite losing the ultimate title, our 19-year-old beauty queen and IDF air force soldier seemed to be having a blast in Las Vegas last week. And luckily for us, Alfatov is really active on social media, making it easy to live vicariously through her.

Here’s our nice Jewish girl posing with a Ferrari racing car at the Exotics Racing Event:

#MissIsrael ?? #ExoticsRacingsEvent? #MissUniverse ?? #MissUniverso #ForeverQueen ??

A photo posted by Forever Queen (@forever_queenpr) on

Alfatov got Miss Ecuador to wish us all a Happy Hanukkah:

She did a good job stretching those facial muscles with funny expressions before the show:

Last rehearsals before the Live Show ? #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverse #MissUniverse2015 #israel #MissIsrael #happy #love

A photo posted by avigail alfatov (@avigailalfatov) on

She had fun singing off-key to “All of Me” by John Legend with Miss Indonesia and Miss South Africa:

She stuffed her face with pizza after their preliminary show, because hey, she deserves it:

I just needed this pizza ?? After preliminary show of @missuniverse ? #missuniverse #confidentlybeautiful #missisrael

A photo posted by avigail alfatov (@avigailalfatov) on

She kicked butt during the talent portion of the evening while showing off her awesome fencing skills:

?? #MissIsrael #MissUniverseTalentShow?? #MissUniverse ?? #MissUniverso ? #MissUniverse2015 #ForeverQueen??

A photo posted by Forever Queen (@forever_queenpr) on

Here she is swishing around beautifully in her national costume, made by Israeli designer Yaniv Persy! The unique headpiece was designed by Israeli hat maker Tami Bar-Lev.

@avigailalfatov #MissIsrael en la grabación del #NationalCostume #MissUniverse #MissUniverso #MissUnivers2015

A video posted by Ariadna Gutierrez—MissColombia (@chanellcastro) on

Her other outfits were lovely as well:

Preliminary Competition of #MissUniverse2015 - #MissIsrael ! ?✨#MissUniverso #MissUniverse

A photo posted by Miss_Universe_Fan? (@miss_universe_fan) on

She had a backstage love-affair with “Marvin Gaye” singer and nice Jewish boy Charlie Puth!

#repost from @missuniverse snapchat with @charlieputh backstage

A photo posted by avigail alfatov (@avigailalfatov) on

And met her new BFF (and possible clone), Miss Sweden:

Love you so much @misspaulinabrodd I’ll miss you !!! #missuniverse #MissIsrael #misssweden

A photo posted by avigail alfatov (@avigailalfatov) on

@charlieputh JUST SO YOU KNOW? THIS IS MY GIRL?? Thank you for yesterday? #misssweden#missisrael#charlieputh

A photo posted by Paulina Brodd (@misspaulinabrodd) on

At the end of the night, she congratulated the winner because, that’s what a mensch does:

If you’re sad about having to part from this gorgeous and charming young lady, don’t say your goodbyes just yet. The 7 times Israeli fencing champion is hoping to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Let’s hope we see her there.


Lior Zaltzman

Lior Zaltzman

Lior Zaltzman was the Forward’s Digital Fellow. Follow her on twitter @liorca .

What Miss Israel Was Up To at the Miss Universe Pageant

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