Bar Refaeli Swimwear Ad Censored in Israel

Close-ups of the supermodel’s backside are a no-no, broadcasting authority says.

TheMarker
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The Second Broadcasting Authority has ordered the censoring of a commercial for Hoodies swimwear starring Bar Refaeli Israel’s most famous model.

The authority is removing close-ups of Refaeli’s backside and a scene hinting at the Israeli being fully nude.

The edited ad will only be shown after 10 P.M. to prevent children from watching it. In the clip, Refaeli is cavorting on a beach; it was filmed two months ago when she was three months pregnant.

The commercial, produced by the agency Awesome, promotes the chain’s new swimwear collection. The uncensored version was shown last week on social networks and appeared in the ad banners of major Israeli websites.

Refaeli, 30, gained world-wide attention in 2009 when she graced the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue.

Bar Refaeli in an ad for Hoodies swimwear, 2016.
Bar Refaeli in an ad for Hoodies swimwear, 2016.Credit: Eyal Nevo

“The collection is a product of fruitful cooperation between the chain and Bar Refaeli, the promotional model.” Hoodies said. “To promote the collaboration, we created an advertising film in a fun, summery atmosphere. We regret that the Second Authority found that it hurt the public’s feelings.”