The baby was welcomed on Friday night by Refaeli and her husband, Israeli billionaire businessman Adi Ezra, whose family owns the Israeli food importing company Neto ME Holdings. The couple were married in September 2015 at a venue in Haifa that was controversially put under a no-fly zone. They have an older child named Liv, 1.
“Our hearts are full of love right now, as I am excited to announce I am a mom of two,” Refaeli said in a statement. “We welcomed Liv’s little sister, Elle, into the world on Friday, Oct. 20 at 8:50 p.m., weighing 3 kilos. We are all happy, healthy and eager to start this new chapter in our lives.”
Israelis took to social media with criticism of the name.
“What are these horrible American names, Liv and now Elle? Poor girls,” wrote one critic.
“If you say the two girls names together, it comes out Liv Elle, which sounds like ‘Live-hell’, she clearly didn’t think about it too much,” wrote another critic.
Refaeli is currently seen on local television as the host of Israel’s X-Factor. She is considered Israel’s leading female model and was former girlfriend of the Hollywood film star Leonardo DiCaprio.
JTA contributed to this article