Esther Petrack, made famous in the US as the first observant Jewish contestant on “America’s Next Top Model” in 2010-2011, is now a soldier in the IDF Armored Corps.
Petrack, born in Jerusalem but raised in Boston, Massachusetts, caused an outcry in American Orthodox circles when her participation in the popular reality show led her to lift her shirt, participate in scantily clad photo shoots, and take part in other nonkosher activities.
Petrack was conscripted into the IDF in December, and is now on the path to becoming a tank instructor.
Her impressions of IDF service? Petrack told Channel 2 that: “My nails are no longer what they were, but the girls in the course are nicer than those on the show.”