IF ANYONE doubted Bar Rafaeli's supermodel status, it has been confirmed by celebrity shoe and handbag designer Stuart Weitzman, whose stunning creations have been snapped up by a number of Hollywood's top names. Weitzman has spent much of the past month raising funds for breast cancer research as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. His work this year included organizing an auction of stiletto-heeled shoes partially designed by an array of supermodels, among themClaudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Niki Taylor and, you guessed it, Israel's own Rafaeli. As part of the project, each participant worked with Weitzman to present her own take on a classic white satin shoe, then autographed it and a photograph of herself for auction. The auction will take place on Tuesday, the final day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
IN OTHER Bar Rafaeli news, Ma'ariv reports that the 21-year-old model will donate her vocal talents to a new local animated TV series about a gorgeous crime buster who uses overseas modeling trips as her cover. Though the series is still in a very early stage of development, it already has a tentative title: The True Life of Bar Rafaeli. No word on whether the screenwriters will script a Hebrew-speaking role for Rafaeli's boyfriend, Gangs of New York star Leonardo DiCaprio.
ACTRESS, TV presenter and former model Cheli Goldenberg has initiated a Website petition against pardoning public figures who are charged with crimes. The petition is directed against President Moshe Katsav, who remains at the center of controversy after being accused of rape. Goldenberg claims she's not accusing Katsav of the crime, but says that in the event he is charged, she wants him to face trial in the same manner as any other citizen.
ISRAEL HAS long imported popular TV formats from abroad to create hit series here, with Pop Idol and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? just two of the foreign series to undergo an Israeli makeover. More recently, however, Israeli series have begun inspiring TV series abroad. The latest example is the playful Channel 10 dating series Foreplay, which is hosted by model Galit Gutman and which production company JCS recently sold to TV production firms in the US, France and Finland. Back at home, JCS is gearing up for a new season of Foreplay, as well as a third round of The Models, the hit reality show based on America's Next Top Model.
MOVE OVER Ronit Raphael - here comes Pnina Rosenblum. Raphael's cosmetics line and nationwide chain of cosmetic surgery centers have been endorsed by a number of celebrity clients, but that hasn't scared off the competition. Word is out that Rosenblum, another cosmetics queen, is launching a similar set of surgical centers. A walking advertisement for own beauty products, Rosenblum seems bound to succeed in her new venture. Besides her widely recognized name and face, the 51-year-old has found an effective business strategy in reaching out personally to consumers of her products. Her new venture, to many, will seem just another natural step forward in her career.