Fares was born in the village of Rameh, the firstborn of a Druze family as one of seven siblings. From the age of six she practiced artistic gymnastics. She represented Israel in an international competition in Russia[vague] and finished tenth among eighty participants.
Fares caused great resentment among the Druze community when she decided to compete in the Miss Israel beauty contest and became a finalist. She received threats for dishonouring her community, which led to the arrest of five people, among them two of her uncles, for planning to murder her. Following those threats and the pressure that was induced on her by the religious Druze leadership, she finally withdrew from the contest and later from her high school. Her sister Jamila "Maya" Fares was murdered in 2011-many suspect by members of the Druze community.
- Miss Israel finalist quits after family’s honour killing plot - from Timesonline
- Threats force Druse beauty to bow out of 'Miss Israel'[permanent dead link] - The Jerusalem Post
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