(JTA) – The Russian-Israeli top model Maria Barlin is representing Israel for the first time at an international beauty pageant for models.
Barlin’s entry into the Super Model Universe 2015 pageant is the first time that an Israeli is competing in the international contest that this year will conclude on Friday in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, according to organizers.
The Moscow-born Barlin, 26, wore clothes designed by the members of the Israel Designers Guild for the photo shoot she submitted the tournament, which is intended for professional up-and-coming models only, she said on her Facebook page.
The winner of the competition will receive a modeling contract with one of Europe’s leading agencies. The agency’s name was not disclosed.
In addition to modeling, Barlin is also an actress, according to NEWSru.co.il. She immigrated from Russia to Israel four years ago, according to the news site. Since then, she has featured in ad campaigns for the H&M clothing brand, Pennyblack, Max Mara, Jack Cuba, TOUS, Fiat 500, Subaru and Emboss Watches.
In Israel, she modeled clothes designed for observant religious women, in accordance with the concept of tsniut (modesty). She told newsru.co.il that she supports the promotion of such clothes for ideological reasons.
“No matter how spectacular your external figures are, it will not amount to much if you have empty eyes,” she said.