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We understand that beauty is oft times indescribable, inexpressible, and ineffable, and always in the eye of the beholder. Some people focus entirely on physical attractiveness, while others delve a little deeper, finding attraction in intellect, talent, personality, and a certain “je ne sais quoi”.
Allow us to present the 50 Hottest Jewish Women of 2014! Check back in every day as we unveil 10 at a time, and come back next week as we reveal the To 50 Hottest Jewish Men of 2014.
10. EMMY ROSSUM
Hometown: New York, New York
Known for: Mystic River, Phantom of the Opera, Beautiful Creatures, Shameless
Why she’s a JILF: Emmy was raised in New York to a single Jewish mother. After singing Happy Birthday in all 12 keys, Emmy was asked to join the Metropolitan Opera’s Children’s Chorus at the age of 7. She performed with the choir for 5 years singing in over 20 different operas in 6 languages. Emmy’s TV debut came in 1997, making a guest appearance on Law & Order. Over the next few years, Emmy continued to guest star in various TV shows, films, and TV movies. Emmy gained international success after landing the lead role in the film version of Phantom of the Opera. She has since starred in many feature films including The Day After Tomorrow, Poseidon, and Beautiful Creatures as Ridley. Emmy currently stars as the raw, emotional, intelligent, and sexy Fiona on Showtime’s Shameless, and marked a return to her musical roots with the release of Sentimental Journey earlier this year. Check her out next in the feature films You’re Not You and Comet.
9. MEGAN AMRAM
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Known for: Comedian, writer for A.N.T Farm and Parks and Recreation, Science… For Her!
Why she’s a JILF: Born and raised in Portland, Megan moved to Los Angeles to pursue comedy after graduating from Harvard University. After launching a Twitter account showcasing her rather absurd, twisted, dark and hilarious humour, she gained thousands of followers in a very short period of time, including Hollywood folks. Megan was hired to write for several popular shows including Disney A.N.T Farm, the MTV Movie Awards, and eventually Parks and Recreation – where she secured a staff writing job at the age of 24. She just released a comedy book entitled Science…For Her! Speaking of the book in Jezebel, Amram wrote, “Science…For Her! is a science textbook written by a lady (me) for other ladies (you, the Spice Girls, etc.) It has been demonstrated repeatedly throughout history: female brains aren’t biologically constructed to understand scientific concepts, and tiny female hands aren’t constructed to turn most textbooks’ large, extra-heavy covers.” The cover of the book is designed to look like the cover of a stereotypical women’s fashion magazine with hilarious headlines that read “Tips for hosting your own big bang” and “orgasm vs. organism.”
8. BAR PALY
Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel via Russia
Known for: Israeli model, Pain & Gain, Million Dollar Arm
Why she’s a JILF: Bar was born in Russia and moved to Israel with her family at the age of 7. 10 year later, at 17, she bravely moved to the United States to pursue a career in modeling. She quickly landed a number of modeling gigs, and additionally started to book TV acting jobs with guest spots on CSI: New York, The Start Wife, and How I Met Your Mother. Her big Hollywood break came earlier last year with a supporting role in Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, later appearing in Million Dollar Arm co-starring Jon Hamm, She will next appear in Urge. Bar enjoys several non-supermodelesque activities including video games, rock music, and urban scavenger hunts in her adopted home of Los Angeles.
7. GAL GADOT
Hometown: Rosh HaAyin, Israel
Known for: Miss Israel 2004, Fast and the Furious series, future Wonder Woman
Why she’s a JILF: Israeli-born Gal Gadot is best known to American audiences as Gisele Yashar in the Fast & Furious series. She won Miss Israel in 2004 and went on to represent Israel in the Miss Universe beauty pageant. In 2007, she participated in Maxim’s “Women of the Israeli Army”, focusing on models that served in the IDF. Gal continues to model internationally and has appeared in several Hollywood pictures including Date Night and Knight and Day. She appeared in the popular, yet extremely controversial, ad campaign for Castro clothing, deemed “pornographic” by members of Knesset. In this summer’s Fast & Furious 6, Gal’s character appears to have died, so her future in the franchise is unclear… but anything is possible. In the meantime, she was recently cast as Wonder Woman for the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
6. NERI OXMAN
Hometown: Haifa, Israel
Known for: Architect, Biologist, Designer, Engineer
Why she’s a JILF:Neri is the perfect combination of intellect, social activist, innovator, and beauty. Born in Israel, Neri is currently the assistant professor of media arts and sciences at the MIT Media Lab. As an architect and designer, Neri’s group is responsible for how digital design and fabrication technologies mediate between matter and environment to transform between the built and natural environments. Neri was named one of ICON’s most influential architects to shape the future and was selected as one of their 100 most creative people. Her work is part of MoMA’s permanent collection, and has been exhibited in Boston, France, Beijing, and New York. Neri’s work has earned many nominations and awards, and her mind continues to take the world by storm on a daily basis. In fact, her and her team recently created 3D-printed “wearable skins” that will help humans survive on other planets.
5. BAR REFAELI
Hometown: Hod HaSharon, Israel
Known for: Israeli model, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues, GoDaddy beauty
Why she’s a JILF: Bar was born on an Israeli horse ranch. Her mother was a popular model in the 70’s, getting Bar into modeling at less than a year old. Bar required braces at a child, which put her modeling career on hold until she was 15. Luckily, since then she’s become of the world’s most recognizable faces. Bar has appeared in fashion campaigns, fashion magazine covers, music videos, TV commercials, and won various modeling and fashion awards globally. In the mid-2000’s, Bar received a lot of media attention for being in a 4-year relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio. One nationalist organization in Israel even sent her a letter asking for her to not marry a non-Jew for the “future generations of Jews.” In 2011, Bar and Dudi Balsar launched Undeez, a high-end online underwear company, and earlier this year she garnered international attention with the GoDaddy Super Bowl commercial starring alongside Jesse Heiman representing the “sexy side” to his “smart side”. The same year, she played a starring role in the Israeli crime-caper film Kidon, a comedy in which she stars as a Mossad assassin involved in liquidating a Hamas terrorist in Dubai.
Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
Known for: Israeli model, face of Avon and Factory 54
Why she’s a JILF: Ethiopian-Israeli supermodel, Israela, originally had her sights set on becoming a flight attendant, but after winning the Israeli Elite Top Models contest at the age of 16, her career path quickly shifted gears. A few years later, she relocated to New York in hopes of kicking her profile up a notch. She landed a multimillion dollar campaign with Avon and soon afterwards, returned to Israel to become the face of Factory 54. She is reportedly the second-highest-earning Israeli model next to Bar Refaeli, and continues to take the world by storm with international fashion ads, product campaigns, runway shows, and magazine covers.
Hometown: Savannah, Georgia
Known for: Drake & Josh, Glee, The Family
Why she’s a JILF: Dianna was born to Jewish parents in the beautiful Savannah, Georgia. Before moving to California at the age of 9, she was subject to anti-Semitic bullying in school. Since moving to the west coast, Dianna has won the hearts of adorers’ worldwide… and attended Hebrew school and had a Bat Mitzvah. She started her acting career with guest roles on Shark, CSI: NY, Numbers, Veronica Mars, and Close to Home. Most of us know Dianna as high school cheerleader, Quinn Fabray, on Fox’s Glee alongside Lea Michele. Dianna continues to act in feature films, but has also become known for her activism for animal rights and work with GLAAD. Look out for her next in Tumbledown co-starring Jason Sudeikis.
2. MILA KUNIS
Hometown: Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Known for: That 70’s Show, Ted, The Black Swan, Oz: The Great and Powerful
Why she’s a JILF: Mila was raised Jewish in the Soviet Union. Her family relocated to Los Angeles when she was 7, citing anti-Semitism as one of many reasons for fleeing. Mila explains that living in California was an extreme culture shock. She didn’t speak a word of English and didn’t identify with the other children. When she turned 9, she enrolled in acting classes in Beverly Hills, and believes these classes helped her adapt to the new culture. At the beginning of her career, she landed roles in Days of Our Lives, Gia, Honey we Shrunk Ourselves, and 7thHeaven. Her breakthrough came in 1998 when she landed the role of Jackie on That 70’s Show, which was soon followed by winning the part of Meg on Family Guy. While filming these two hit series, she starting accepting film roles- Get Over It, American Psycho 2, and Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. Mila became a Hollywood film darling in 2008, starring in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and has since appeared in Max Payne, Extract, Black Swan, Friends With Benefits, Ted, Oz: The Great and Powerful and much more. Look out for her in the upcoming Wachowski-directed film, Jupiter Ascending. This year, Mila and Ashton Kutcher also celebrated the first of their first child, Wyatt.
1. SCARLETT JOHANSSON
Hometown: New York, New York
Known for: Ghost World, Lost in Translation, The Avengers, Lucy, Don Jon
Why she’s a JILF: Scarlett was born to a New York half-Danish half-Jewish family with “little money” in New York City. Her mother began taking her to acting auditions at a very young age, and Scarlett landed her first role in Bruce Willis’ North. She garnered critical claim in the indie hit, Manny & Lo, co-starring her twin brother Hunter. After appearing in several small roles in Hollywood films, Scarlett broke through with a leading role in Ghost World. Over the last 10 years, she has starred in many huge feature films including Lost in Translation, Match Point, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Prestige, The Other Boleyn Girl, and of course, The Avengers as Black Widow. This year she appeared in Lucy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Chef. Check her out soon in Hail, Caeser! And voicing Kaa in The Jungle Book remake.
Moran Atias is a busty Israeli actress. She gained notoriety in the Italian films Gas, Oggi sposi and Mother of Tears. Moran is best known for her work on the Paul Haggis series Crash and the upcoming feature Third Person.