Androgynous model Stav Strashko was attacked in Tel Aviv after defending two old women from a bully. “He thought I was a girl and punched me in the face.”
Ben Zion Boulevard, corner of Rotschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv on Friday afternoons is without a doubt one of the busiest intersections in the country. But it was there where model Stav Strashko was attacked and wounded in the face, an injury that could damage his international modeling career. “On Friday I went through Ben-Zvi Boulevard near Dizengoff Center,” Stav told Israeli website Mako, “and two elderly women, around the age of 80, were sitting there with signs that read ‘Stop the occupation.’ When I came closer to them I saw a man, I think he was 40-50 years old, who was just shouting at them, cursing them, and humiliating them.”
Strashko couldn’t stand by seeing the elderly abused like that. “When I see someone who humiliates two elderly women, I just can’t ignore it, regardless of what their opinions are,” he said. “So I went to this guy, and said to him, ‘Tell me, do you understand that she could be your grandmother? What does it matter what her political opinions are, do you have no shame to come and curse an elderly woman like that?’,” he recalls.
According to Strashko, that was enough for the man to attack him as well. “He began to curse and humiliate me too, and then punched me in the face. His punch was so powerful that he made a hole in my cheek and tore my lip. It required stitches which will leave a scar, even though a plastic surgeon was involved to minimize the damage. This guy was sure I was a girl, and you can understand what kind of a wimp he must be to punch a woman in the face and then flee the scene,” says Strashko.
Strashko filed a complaint with the police about the attack, and makes it clear that he has no intentions of letting the matter go. “As for now, I don’t know who that guy is, but you can be sure that I’m not going to leave it. In the field I’m in, a scar on the face is not something I can pass off in silence. A scar on the face can be grounds for work cancelations, and I don’t know what effect it will have on my career in the future. But let me tell you, this guy will be brought to justice. My goal is for this guy to see me and see what he did to me, and the people around him to see what he did. Then he will go around with this stain on him. There is a feeling that anyone can do whatever they want, with no consideration whatsoever, and I will not have it,” he promised.
Androgynous-looking model Stav Strashko became an international success and leads many campaigns, for both men’s and women’s clothing. He’s walking the runways of Donna Karen and Tom Brown in New York and other catwalks around the world and appearing in the TV ad for automotive giant Toyota and the international ad campaign for Diesel.