Swimsuit commercial starring Bar Refaeli censored in Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A swimsuit commercial featuring Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli has been censored by Israel’s commercial television authority.

The censored ad for Hoodies swimwear, in which Refaeli is frolicking on the beach, can only be shown after 10 p.m. Close-ups of Refaeli’s backside and a section in which she appears to be completely nude must be deleted, the Second Broadcasting Authority for Television and Radio said over the weekend.

The commercial has been shown in its entirety on social media.

Refaeli was three months pregnant when the commercial was filmed.

It is the second Hoodies commercial starring Refaeli that has been censored by Israeli authorities.

In April 2014, an ad featuring Bar Refaeli in bed with a purple, mustachioed Muppet was banned from running before 10 p.m. after the authority determined it had “too many sexual insinuations” to be seen during prime time.

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