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Israeli Star Yael Shelbia Named 2020's Most Beautiful Face In The World

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Israeli Star Yael Shelbia Named 2020's Most Beautiful Face In The World

A 19-year-old Israeli model and actor has been named 2020's 'most beautiful face in the world'.

Yael Shelbia was handed the title by writer and content creator TC Candler, who has been running the 100 Most Beautiful Faces List since 1990.

Shelbia, who was born in Nahariya, has previously featured on the list several times, having first made her debut in 2017 in 14th place, before moving up to third place back in 2018, and landing second place the following year.

But for 2020 she's come out on top, even beating Wonder Woman herself, fellow Israeli Gal Gadot, who came 21st.

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Credit: Instagram/Yael Shelbia
Credit: Instagram/Yael Shelbia

The runner-up at number two was Thai rapper Lisa (Lalisa Manoban), while third place went to Aussie model Meika Woollard.

Shelbia - who is currently doing her mandatory military service for the Israeli Air Force - thanked TC Candler for the accolade in a social media post, writing: "I appreciate it with all my heart!!"

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Speaking to Israel's Channel 12 news on Tuesday (29 December) from Los Angeles, Shelbia said: "I've never come first at anything... it's very nice."

The star also explained that the Air Force have allowed her to attend meetings and carry out modelling work in LA.

Credit: Instagram/Yael Shelbia
Credit: Instagram/Yael Shelbia
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The 100 Most Beautiful Faces of the Year list bills itself as being 'unlike most other annual beauty rankings', as it is 'not a popularity contest and is most definitely not country-specific', with more than 40 countries are regularly represented.

The ranking is decided on by a diverse group of around 20 people from across the globe organised by Candler, who sift through suggestions submitted by the public to put together the list.

Along with 'aesthetic perfection', the criteria includes 'grace, elegance, originality, daring, passion, class, poise, joy, promise, hope'.

TC Candler said: "It is not about the sexiest body or the most famous celebrity. Rather, the list attempts to inform and broaden public opinion instead of reflecting it.

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"You will find superstars and new stars, global sensations and relative unknowns."

YouTuber PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) topped the male equivalent of the list, the 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2020, beating Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, who came third, and South Korean singer V (Kim Tae-hyung), who came second.

Responding to the news in a reaction video, PewDiePie said: "Guys, big news. Number One! TC Candler, the biggest authority of handsome faces put your boy... Yeah! Hall of Fame!"

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Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Yael Shelbia

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, News

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