Modeling politics? Female fashion models' transition into Israeli politics

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This article analyses the recent phenomenon of the passage of former models/television hosts into Israeli politics. The transition of these former models into politics can be seen as part of a wider phenomenon of Israeli media celebrities' transition to professional politics. Despite the wide media coverage and the heated public debates around the fashion models' candidacy, until now there has been no serious analysis of this phenomenon. Distancing itself from the popular derogatory approaches toward the participation of celebrities in politics, this study proposes to examine their entry into the political sphere seriously, incorporating a cultural and historical perspective along with an analysis of the dynamics of ethnic and gender relations in Israeli politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-186
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Celebrity
  • FSU immigration
  • Israeli politics
  • fashion models
  • gender roles
  • television host


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