People: Apr. 30, 2001

BEAUTY AND THE BOMBSHELLS

Miss Israel, ILANIT LEVY, won't catch any flak in the Miss Universe competition May 11--though she may get some piercing stares from the other contestants in Puerto Rico. The blond 18-year-old from Haifa, a soldier in the Israeli army, plans to wear a bulletproof gown created by Tel Aviv designer Galit Levi. The silk animal-print dress, shown here on Levy, is covered with an Israeli army-issue flak jacket embroidered with diamonds and pearls for a "softer look." The designer wants to send a message that everyday life should go on despite the latest outbreaks of violence in...

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