yityish aynaw

Black History Month Day Nine: Yityish Aynaw

Yityish “Titi” Aynaw is an Ethiopian-Israeli model who won the title of Miss Israel in 2013. She is both the first Ethiopian-born Jew and the first black woman to win the title. Aynaw represented Israel in Miss Universe 2013. She also was invited by US President Barack Obama to attend a White House Gala in March 2013, a big deal to Aynaw who considers Obama a “role model.” [x]


Some of the dark skinned black actresses suggested for Sana Starros, following the Han Solo prequel casting yet another white brunette as the female lead. Sana’s character is a major player in the prequel comics and the Star Wars franchise is in dire need of WOC leads.

Anna Diop
Karidja Touré
Mya Taylor
Alexandra Grey
Deborah Ayorinde
Yityish Titi Aynaw
Mercy Johnson
Genevieve Nnaji
Roselyn Ngissah
Ahuofe Patri
Gloria Sarfo
Lydia Forson
Jackie Appiah
Simona Brown
Stefanée Martin

DC Fancasts

Bruce Wayne - Idris Elba

Dick Grayson - Vito Basso

Jason Todd - Younes Kahlaoui

Tim Drake - Ryan potter

Damian Wayne - Arsalan Ghasemi

Duke Thomas - Cykeem White

Stephanie Brown - Widya Sorya

Cassandra Cain - Vita Kan

Barbara Gordon - Dariah Milky

Kate Kane - Yityish Aynaw


Some of the actresses of colour of Jewish descent suggested for Supergirl, made in accompaniment to the Jewish MOC Superman lineup.

Kat Graham
Sarah Barrable-Tishauer
Zoe Kravitz
Chloe Bennet
Meaghan Rath
Lauren London
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Katalin Barsony
Demi Lovato
Michaela DePrince
Jenna Ushkowitz
Kali Hawk
Hailee Steinfeld
Raquel Castro
Yityish Titi Aynaw
Rebecca Naomi Jones
Gina Rodriguez

Yityish Aynaw, the first black Miss Israel, was a last minute invite to the State Dinner held for President Obama during his visit to Israel. The White House specifically requested that she be added to invitation list for the event. Aynaw has said that Mr. Obama was a huge inspiration to her when he won the presidency, being as he is the first African-American to be elected to the White House.

Yityish Aynaw

It’s been an astonishing three weeks for Yityish Aynaw, an immigrant orphan from Ethiopia, who became the first black Miss Israel last month, and has now been invited to Thursday’s gala dinner with visiting US President Barack Obama.

When Yityish Aynaw arrived in Israel as a 12-year-old, winning beauty contests and dining with presidents was as far from her thoughts as her native Ethiopia is from her adopted land.

Her mother had just died, leaving her an orphan - her father had died years earlier. So her mother’s parents, who were among thousands of Ethiopian Jews already living in Israel, arrived in Addis Ababa to fetch Yityish and her older brother.

In their new home, they had to learn Hebrew from scratch.

“It wasn’t easy because I couldn’t speak the language and I was put into a regular class without any help,” Aynaw, now 21, told the BBC World Service.

It was a new language. It was a new culture. Quite often children even laughed at me,“ she says, though she adds that she also met many kind people.

But Aynaw was determined to succeed in her adopted country.

"I felt a responsibility to prove myself in everything I did and to improve myself as well,” she says

Source: BBC News: Yityish Aynaw: First black Miss Israel will go to the ball


Meet Yityish Aynaw! She is the first Ethiopian-Israeli to be crowned Miss Israel 2013…..she is flawless!