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article imageAndrogynous Israeli model pushes the envelope in Toyota ad

By Darren Weir     Aug 26, 2012 in Entertainment
An Israeli model is making headlines for his androgynous look in a new Toyota ad out of Japan. The TV commercial has gone viral online with almost 3-million views on YouTube in just one week.
The ad starts out the same as many car commercials do, with a beautiful sexy woman, wearing only a black jacket and red underwear, sauntering over to the featured auto. But when she turns to face the camera full-on, you realize it's not a woman you are looking at, but a young man.
The ad is already an internet sensation and the model, Stav Strashko, is winning over more fans every day.
When the ad for the Auris (called Corolla in North America) first came out last week, he posted on his Facebook page, "Omg Its finally out my ass and face on toyota's new auris commercial!!!! :))))))))" And it didn't take long for the world to tune-in.
The Times of Israel says the 20-year old Stav Strashko was born in the Ukraine and moved with his family to Tel Aviv, Israel when he was only two. The Daily Beast reports that he was discovered by an Israeli stylist when he was 17 and began modelling in 2010.
Strashko says he always played with his mother’s makeup when he was a child and even wore eyeliner on the streets of Tel Aviv as a teenager, but he says he never realized he could be mistaken for a woman. Strashko told Candy magazine a few months ago, "I realized that I was androgynous when I began to model.” “All the stylists put women’s clothes on me, and then it struck me that I can really look like a woman. This wasn’t the first time I toyed with this. I remember myself as a child playing with my mom’s makeup a few times when she wasn’t home. I get mistaken for a girl all the time, and I’m used to it now.”
At a Paris fashion shoot for the magazine Strashko told the reporter he's happy with who he is, "I've never thought about becoming a woman. I feel very comfortable in my own body just the way it is." “I believe that the mind sees what it wants.”
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