Israeli model (and Leonardo DiCaprio‘s ex) Bar Refaeli was just named #1 on Maxim‘s annual Hot 100 list, so you would think that she’s pretty set in terms of media attention and potential dates. That’s why I’m baffled—why did she feel the need to invoke the names of two hot entertainment stars at Maxim‘s Hot 100 party last Thursday? She told Us Weekly that her crushes include newly-legal music phenom Justin Bieber, as well as The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence. Really—those two specific celebs?
“Justin Bieber and I are going to get married some day,” Bar, 26, joked to the magazine. Then she followed up with a perhaps more age-appropriate crush: ”I also like Tom Cruise. He’s very classy. I liked him in Jerry Maguire and in roles like that.” But because we love our girl crushes and bromances, Bar was ready with a zeitgeisty answer in Jennifer Lawrence. ”She’s what a woman should look like,” the model said of her fellow Hot 100 honoree. “She’s natural, she’s down to earth. I think she’s all that.”
Those choices seem quite a bit calculated, right? Bieber’s new album Boyfriend drops very soon; Tom is reinventing himself with the upcoming Rock of Ages movie; and Jennifer is admittedly adorable (like when she goofs off on the red carpet) but is also one of Hollywood’s hottest actresses right now with Catching Fire and her non-Hunger Games projects. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that Bar sounds like a celebrity blogger desperate for pageviews and linking together the most-Googled names in an attempt to trick readers into coming to her site.
Because I regularly ask celebrities who their unexpected celebrity crush it, and it’s never someone who’s actively in the spotlight; it’s always someone random like Dustin Hoffman or Robert Downey Jr. I don’t know, I can just imagine Bar’s people standing behind her when this question came up, flipping through a tablet and whispering in her ear which names she should mention.
Of course, writing this allows me to namedrop a bit as well. So, thanks for the pageviews, Bar.