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Photo: Sasson Moshe
Yityish (Titi) Aynaw. 'Proud to represent Israel'
Photo: Sasson Moshe

Miss Israel prepares for Obama date

JN1's Ron Jacobsohn catches up with Titi Aynaw as she gets ready to meet her biggest role model. 'I'm going to tell him that I was born in Ethiopia and the Israelis helped me feel at home,' she says

VIDEO – Barack Obama arrived in Israel on Wednesday, and among all the high-ranking government officials he is going to be introduced to is a 21-year old girl from Netanya, who was personally invited by the American president.


We of course are talking about the most beautiful woman in Israel for 2013, Miss Israel, Yityish (Titi) Aynaw. We caught up with her in this exclusive JN1 interview about how it feels to get ready to meet her biggest role model.


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It’s hard to believe that less than a month ago no one knew who Titi was. Like a meteor, the newly crowned Miss Israel has become a huge celebrity not only in her native Israel, but internationally as well, so much that even Obama heard about her and decided that he wanted to meet her.


"I am very nervous to meet him," Titi says. "He is the president of the USA, a huge man... It’s a dream for me and I am happy that this dream is coming true now.


"It’s a huge honor for me to meet him. I know his life story and I know he is a strong man and he is a role model for me, and I am very very excited to meet him."

'I still don't know what I'm going to wear' (Photo: Rafi Deloya)


The question on everyone’s mind is what is Titi going to talk to President Obama about?


"I am going to tell Obama that I was born in Ethiopia and I came to Israel and the Israelis helped me feel at home and they helped me overcome," she says. "It was hard in the beginning to be here, and my friends in Israel helped me. They taught me Hebrew and they helped me with everything here, the culture and the Hebrew, everything.


"My life has change now and I feel amazing and proud to represent Israel."


As she is Miss Israel, it was really crucial for us to find out what she would be wearing for her once-in-lifetime meeting with the president of the United States.


"I still don’t know what I am going to wear for the gala," she tells us. "I have three dresses and I haven't decide what I am going to wear, but I have options."


And does Titi fear that First Lady Michelle Obama will get jealous with her talking to her husband?


"No, I am not worried," Titi laughs. "She is a beautiful woman and she looks like a model, really… I don’t think she will be jealous."



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