January 12, 2010, Updated May 27, 2013

She’s young, she’s beautiful, and she’s in the army. International supermodel Esti Ginzburg has joined the Israel Defense Forces while still juggling a career as a model and actress.

There aren’t many international supermodels who would choose to serve in the Israeli army – right smack bang in the middle of their careers, but Israeli model Esti Ginzburg isn’t about to let that stop her.

The 19-year-old from Tel Aviv, who has modeled for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and designer names like Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry, FCUK, Pull & Bear, is now serving a two-year military service for the Israel Defense Forces, while also juggling international modeling jobs.


Ginzburg’s job in the army is to talk to high-school students about their options in the service. It’s a far cry from the exotic photo shoots, glittering events, and designer clothes she’s used to, but Ginzburg doesn’t mind.

“If you live in this country and you grow up in this country then you have to serve and do the minimum,” she tells ISRAEL21c. “It’s the values I grew up on and I always knew I was going to go in, even though it’s hard.”

Last year, Ginzburg – who began modeling at the age of eight – made her acting debut in the film, Twelve, directed by Joel Schumacher, which will premier at the upcoming Sundance film festival.

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