Esti Mamo - Biography
Esti Mamo (Ge'ez: እስቲ ማሞ istī māmmō, Hebrew: אסתי ממו) (born 1983) is an Israeli fashion model and actress.
Of Ethiopian Jewish descent, Esti Mamo was born in 1983 in Chilga, in northwestern Ethiopia. She is a member of the Beta Israel community.
At the age of 9 she and her family immigrated from famine and poverty striken Ethiopia to Israel, where the family was moved to the poor district of a southern Israeli city. A younger brother committed suicide in 2004.
As a teenager Mamo founded a dance group called Mango, which has performed professionally in clubs in Israel and represented Israel in London's Notting Hill Carnival.
Modeling & acting
Discovered at 15, she resisted overtures from modeling agents until she finished school, but at 18 Mamo started a modeling career.  Since then, she's been featured on the covers of Israeli magazines, as well as on the pages of high fashion publications ELLE and Vogue.
From 2004 on, Mamo has worked in Europe campaigning for several international brands. She also studied acting in Israel, and has acted in various Israeli TV productions.
She was voted the 97th sexiest woman of 2005 in an online survey reported in the December edition of men's magazine Blazer.
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