Refaeli was born in 1985 in the countryside of Israel where her parents, Tsipi and Rafi, owned a horse ranch. It was her mother who first saw potential in her daughter. Bar Refaeli began a modeling career at the age of eight months, appearing in commercials. She had to wear braces in her early years, postponing her modeling. At the age of fifteen, Refaeli returned to modeling.
She was named as “Sexiest Import” at the 2007 Spike TV Guys’ Choice Awards