Born in Gondar, Ethiopia.
Tahounia Rubel is an Israeli fashion model and television personality.
She became widely known as the first Ethiopian-born Jew person to win the fifth series of HaAh HaGadol and win a beauty pageant in Israel.
In 2012, Rubel went to London, where she lived for eight months in a models apartment.
She has since led campaigns for familiar designer brands in London, including Sleek Makeup, MAC Cosmetics and Diesel for Glamour magazine.
She has also been likened to a young Iman.
In 2012, Rubel was named “The Israeli Supermodel” in an Israeli beauty pageant, becoming the first woman of Ethiopian origin to win a local beauty pageant.
In 2013, Rubel won the fifth series of HaAh HaGadol (the Israeli version of Big Brother) and worth NIS one million.
Roni Maili, one of the houseguests in the show who was eliminated later because of aggressive behavior, made racist comments about her.
In October 2013, Rubel was invited with her family to the president’s residence, where President Shimon Peres held a salute ceremony honoringEthiopian Jews in celebration of Sigd.
The same month, she performed Eyal Golan‘s song Kol HaHalomot (Hebrew: כל החלומות, “All The Dreams”) on the Israeli reality TV program HaKokhav HaBa (the Israeli version of Rising Star).
A sketch of her beauty from a fan
A 45-minute documentary film about Rubel, Tahounia – By Herself, was produced by Galit Gutman.
It reveals Rubel’s most intimate moments in the span of eight months and tells about her tough childhood, until entering the HaAh HaGadol (the Israeli version of Big Brother).
The documentary was broadcast on May 15, 2014 on Channel 2 to 611.3 thousand viewers and it was the second highest rating for that day.
A few days later it was broadcast in Europe and the United States on the Israeli Network.
On the runway