Israeli singer suffered weight taunts on road to Eurovision glory

Israeli singer suffered weight taunts on road to Eurovision glory

- "My unique look is a crazy advantage," Eurovision Song Contest winner Netta Barzilai says of her act, in which she struts and clucks in a multicoloured kimono, hair in magenta-streaked buns.The 25-year-old Israeli singer has no time for body stereotypes.

- "The way I carry myself inside my own body, when I play with it, how I choose to present it" is her only concern, she told Israel's Yediot Ahronot newspaper.

- Even before the contest, the physical presence she cultivated and the tone of her song captivated not only Israelis but also foreign viewers.

- The Israeli foreign ministry even put the song on its Arabic-language Facebook page.

- "Through this song, we're trying to show the cultural diversity we have here and shatter stereotypes regarding Israel in Arab countries," the ministry said on its English-language site.

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