February 17, 1980
|Spouse(s)||Šarūnas Jasikevičius (2006–2008)|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
Linor Abargil (Hebrew: לינור אברג'יל, sometimes spelled Linor Aberjil; born February 17, 1980) is an Israeli beauty pageant contestant who won the Miss World beauty pageant in 1998, shortly after being raped. Since then, she has become a global advocate in the fight against sexual violence. She was crowned by her predecessor Former Miss World 1997, Diana Hayden.
Just seven weeks before being crowned Miss World, the then 18-year old Abargil was raped at knifepoint by her travel agent, Uri Shlomo, in Milan, Italy. She made her case public, and Israeli authorities issued an arrest warrant for Shlomo. Shlomo was eventually tricked into returning to Israel, tried, and convicted of rape, and sentenced to 16 years in prison. Abargil called for other women to follow her example.
Abargil married Lithuanian basketball player Šarūnas Jasikevičius in a ceremony near Barcelona, Spain, in July 2006. They divorced in 2008. In 2013, Brave Miss World, a documentary film about her rape and subsequent activism, was released. The film was produced by Cecilia Peck, the daughter of actor Gregory Peck.
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|Awards and achievements|
|Miss World Europe