One day after receiving an invitation to dine with American President Barak Obama and Shimon Peres during the former’s upcoming trip, newly crowned Miss Israel Yityish Aynaw told the Jerusalem Post that she is “very excited” for the opportunity to meet a man whose success she cited as a “notable influence on her life.”

Aynaw who is 21-years-old and a former Israeli army officer became the first Ethiopian-born Israeli to win the pageant.

Speaking with the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday afternoon, Aynaw said that she “didn’t believe that this was happening when she received a personal dinner invitation from “President Shimon Peres himself.”

President Obama is “someone who accomplished things by dint of his hard work,” she said.

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