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Ethiopian-Israeli Wins Miss Israel 2013

February 28th, 2013
Yityish Aynaw, the first woman of Ethiopian origin to be crowned 'Miss Israel'. Photo by Elad Gershgoren / YNet News

Ethiopian-Israeli Wins Miss Israel 2013

21-year-old model Yityish Aynaw, a former IDF officer, made aliyah some 10 years ago.

Yityish Aynaw, a former Israeli army officer, has become the first Ethiopian-born Israeli to win the Miss Israel pageant.

A panel of judges awarded the title to Aynaw, a 21-year-old model who came to Israel about a decade ago, at the International Convention Center Haifa on Wednesday.

"It's important that a member of the Ethiopian community wins the competition for the first time," she was quoted by Israeli media as telling the judges in response to a question. "There are many different communities of many different colors in Israel, and it's important to show that to the world." Aynaw came to Israel with her family when she was 12. Acclimating to Israel was difficult at first, Aynaw said, but she picked up the language quickly with the help of a friend.

She has been working as a saleswoman at a clothing store since her army discharge.

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Meet Miss Ethiopia at Miss Universe 2012

December 19th, 2012
Miss Ethiopia Helen Getachew Photo By Matt Brown

The 2012 Miss Universe Competition airs tonight on NBC at 8 p.m. Representing Ethiopia in the big stage is Miss Ethiopia Helen Getachew.

Bio from Miss Universe website

Helen Getachew grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she had a very spiritual upbringing. She enjoys reading the Bible, spending time with family and friends at the cafe, and studying fashion. Helen hopes to one day be involved in working with organizations that help the poor, especially children. Currently, she is employed with Unilever in their Promotions department.

Ethiopia: Miss Universe contestant Helen Getachew

December 8th, 2012
Ethiopian Miss Universe pageant contestant Helen Getachew

Ethiopia: Miss Universe contestant Helen Getachew

Helen Getachew grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she had a very spiritual upbringing. She enjoys reading the Bible, spending time with family and friends at the cafe, and studying fashion. Helen hopes to one day be involved in working with organizations that help the poor, especially children. Currently, she is employed with Unilever in their Promotions department.

She is 22 years old. Helen enjoys decorating and making things beautiful. She thinks that the biggest problem facing the world today is food shortage. If Helen could meet any celebrity, it would be Liya Kebede because of her work with UNICEF.

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Ethiopia: Supermodel Liya Kebede campaigning for Obama in Ohio - In Pictures

November 5th, 2012

Ethiopia: Supermodel Liya Kebede campaigning for Obama in Ohio - In Pictures

Vivica A. Fox & Liya Kebede

Liya Kebede & Chanel Iman

Liya Kebede, Vivica A. Fox and Chanel Iman

With less than 24 hours away from election, Ethiopian Supermodel Liya Kebede is campaigning for President Obama in Ohio. HuffPost reports that Liya along with other celebrities was in Cincinnati over the weekend stumping for Obama in a last minute effort for Obama's re-election.

According to campaign contributions source, Liya has donated $50,000 towards Obama's inauguration in 2009.

Ethiopia is no longer a place to pity - it is a place to make money : The Sun

September 27th, 2012
Ethiopian made Lemlem Hilansha Cover up sells for $200 at Barneys New York Photo Barneys New York

Ethiopia is no longer a place to pity — it is a place to make money

The Sun, the biggest daily newspaper in the United Kingdom, profiles Ethiopia in an article titled, "We don't want the West;s money any more, we can create our own wealth". The paper writes about Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede and her clothing line Lemlem, which is made in Ethiopia and sold at smart boutiques around the world and major department stores.

Also mentioned in the article is renowned Entrepreneur Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, who is the founder of footwear firm soleRebels. The mother of three children, Bethlehem, 32, tells the newspaper that, "In Ethiopia we have become used to taking money from the West, to always getting help. "That does not make for a sustainable economy. We need to solve our own problems".

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