Yityish Aynaw, First Black Miss Israel, Dines With Obama
The first Black Miss Israel, Yityish Aynaw, and the first Black U.S. President got a chance to meet on Thursday night at Obama’s gala dinner, for which he insisted she attend.
21-year-old Yityish made history last month, becoming Israel’s first Black beauty queen in the pageant’s 63-year run.
A native of Ethiopia, Yityish immigrated to Israel at age 12 after the death of her mother, and father years earlier, to be raised by her mother’s parents.
“It wasn’t easy because I couldn’t speak the language and I was put into a regular class without any help,” she says.
The hazel nut beauty’s win is a beautiful surprise amid the country’s rampant discrimination of its Ethiopian Jews, including the use of birth control shots on Ethiopian women against their will to limit the population. This is set to be investigated by the Israeli health ministry sometime this year.
“Her victory is great for us because it shows that the most beautiful woman is black and that people accept difference,” says Penina Tamanu-Shata, one of two Ethiopian Israelis currently serving as a member of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. “Yityish won, but Israeli society also won. Her victory made a statement. She showed there are no limits.”
Her next competition will be the upcoming Miss World 2013 Pageant, scheduled to take place in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 28th.
We look forward to seeing a lot of Yityish this year, which is already jam-packed with appearances and photo shoots, starting with her cover spread for Israel’s Laisha Magazine. Enjoy below.