Bar Refaeli, Elle SpainBar Refaeli is best known for her appearance in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, and for being the ex-girlfriend of actor Leonardo DiCaprio. But she can generate heat all on her own.

The 26-year-old Israeli model appears in the May issue of Elle magazine’s Spanish edition in a series of super hot photos on the beach in the latest swimwear.

Refaeli met DiCaprio at a party thrown by the band U2 in 2005 and began dating shortly after. The relationship cooled in 2009, after the model wanted to get serious.

Check out Bar’s photos; click to enlarge.

They briefly reconciled, and then broke up for good in May 2011. Both have moved on. Rafaeli was spotted partying with Brazilian polo player and entrepreneur Ricardo Mansur in Saint-Tropez.

Mansur seems to be following in DiCaprio’s steps. Both have dated supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who is now married to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Her relationship with DiCaprio caused an uproar in her homeland. One conservative religious group implored her in a letter that leaked online not to marry a non-Jew.

In 2009, she won the highly coveted spot on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit Issue. But an uproar ensued after a picture of her in a bikini was painted on the side of a Southwest Airlines jet as part of a promotion.

Some customers complained that the image was inappropriate and sexually offensive. Refaeli ran into the same problem in Israel when a billboard featuring her semi-nude was slammed for the same thing. It was subsequently removed.

But there’s no denying that Refaeli is one of the world’s most beautiful models and can easily excite passions. Check out her photos and video below.

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