Zahia Dehar, a juvenile fashion and lingerie designer, received great spotlight after undergoing a prostitution scandal. She fell into lots of controversies following her scandal with reputed French footballers, Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery.
|Born Name||Zahia Dehar|
|Birth Place||Ghriss, Algeria|
|Height||5 feet 4 inch es|
|Profession||Actress and Model|
|Net Worth||$5 million|
|Age||27 years old|
|Parents||Hacene Dehar and Yamina Dehar|
The dashing beauty, Dehar, at the age of 17, was associated with the World Cup stars and gathered widespread media attention ever since. So today, we bring you close to Zahia Dehar’s personal life and all the details of her famous scandal.
According to allegations, the famous French footballers, Benzema and Ribery, paid her for sex in 2009. Since she was underage, the whole act was illegal. The French judiciary bodies suspected Dehar through her workplace bar and how workers there used to serve footballers.
Dehar met Real Madrid vice-captain for the first time in May 2008 on the Trophees UNFP du football ceremony. Likewise, she met former Bayern Munich star, Franck Ribery, in a hotel in Munich as a birthday present.
Following World Cup 2010, French law indicted both Benzema and Ribery for solicitation of minor prostitution with three years in prison and $49,886.
Dehar, contrary to the rumors, she told that she only escorted the footballers, but did not involve in any prostitution behavior.
In 2009, Dehar, who was then under 18, was allegedly paid for sex by Franck Ribéry and Karim Benzema, who were players on the French national football team. The age of consent in France is 15, but prostitution was legal at the time only if the worker was over the age of 18.
The case started to come to light during an investigation by the Brigade de répression du proxénétisme into the activities of Abousofiane Moustaid, also known as “Abou Sofiane”, a former contestant on Nouvelle Star who became the host of a celebrity show on the TNT channel. The authorities were particularly interested in the Zaman Café, a Parisian bar, part of whose turnover came from prostitution. After the administrative closure of the establishment, the police officers questioned the prostitutes who worked there.
They discovered that one of them, Zahia Dehar, started to work there while she was still a minor, and had also served several footballers. The young woman claimed to have met Karim Benzema in May 2008 on the sidelines of the Trophées UNFP du football ceremony, and to have met Franck Ribéry on 7 April 2009, in a hotel in Munich where she and another escort had been sent to join the footballer, as a “birthday present” for the latter. Zahia Dehar was interviewed three times in April 2010.
The investigation became public in 2010, just before the French team participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The then-current French national team manager Raymond Domenech cited Benzema’s struggle for form with his new club Real Madrid rather than his alleged involvement in the sex scandal as his reason for excluding the striker from the squad.
In July 2010, Franck Ribéry and Karim Benzema were indicted for “solicitation of minor prostitute”, an offence punishable in France by up to three years in prison and a €45,000 fine. Another member of the team, Sidney Govou, was also interviewed; however, he avoided prosecution as the investigation revealed that his meeting with Zahia took place after she had reached the age of majority.
The mediatization of Zahia Dehar started from this case. Very quickly, her face was revealed by the media, and many photos of her circulated on the web, making the young woman a real “Internet phenomenon”. Le Monde initially revealed her name, simply calling her “Zahia D.” In May 2010, she gave an interview to Paris Match, which revealed her full name. She gave her version of the case and declared, among other things, “I consider myself an escort, but not a prostitute” (providing support services without having sex with the client), and denied having a pimp or belonging to a network.
The case continued until the mid 2010s. In late 2011, the Paris prosecutor asked for a dismissal for Ribéry and Benzema; but in August 2012, nine people were sent back by the investigating judge to the criminal court, including Benzema and Ribéry for “solicitation of minor prostitute”.
On 31 January 2014, Karim Benzema and Franck Ribéry were acquitted by the criminal court of Paris, the court saying they were unaware that Zahia was under age. Five other suspects, including Abu Sufyan, who acted as a “matchmaker” between the young woman and footballers, were convicted for procuring. Abu Sofiane appealed and published a book in which he claimed his innocence and accused Zahia Dehar of having taken advantage of his address book. In June 2015, the Court of Appeal confirmed his conviction and he received a heavier sentence.
Dehar’s involvement in the scandal and other acts, such as posting indiscreet photos on Twitter, have earned her the nickname la scandaleuse (“the scandalous one”) in the French press.
Modelling Success and Career
Dehar was an instant celebrity after her sex scandal, which helped her to pursue great heights in her modeling career. Surprisingly, marking her return, the reputed fashion magazine, ‘V‘covered her New York photoshoot.
In February 2011, the American and Spanish editions of the American fashion magazine “V” published a twelve-page tribute to Brigitte Bardot, It included several photos of Zahia Dehar shot in New York, marking her return in the media. To publicise her modelling a website was officially launched on 1 March 2011.
In late May 2011, photographer and director Greg Williams featured Dehar in a futuristic short film entitled Bionic. The following month, Pierre et Gilles created a painting representing her as Eve. “An artistic and friendly thunderbolt was born our new Eve. Zahia: magical beautiful, innocent and luminous, she is the dream model” declared the two artists about this piece. In August 2011, Alix Malka photographed Zahia for the Italian edition of the American fashion magazine Vanity Fair, which also contained an interview with Dehar.
In the last quarter of 2011, her appearances in the media were less common, although she was photographed with Christian Louboutin and Farida Khelfa, at a shoe exhibition at the Galerie du Passage in November 2011. A few months later, Pierre Passebon produced a lingerie exhibition “Zahia de 5 à 7”, which had the effect of re-kindling interest in her by the press.
After a brief eclipse, Dehar experienced a resurgence of media exposure at the beginning of 2012: a new series of photographs, shot by Karl Lagerfeld in January 2012, was published just after her first lingerie show. She was photographed by Ali Mahdavi, artistic director of the Crazy Horse, in February for an article that Françoise-Marie Santucci wrote about Dehar in Libération “Next”. Then the same month, Isabelle Adjani announced her intention to produce a documentary about Zahia, in collaboration with Farida Khelfa.
Another series of photos was shot by photographer Ellen von Unwerth after Dehar’s second lingerie show in July 2012.
In December 2013, Zahia Dehar returned to the lens of Alix Malka for the Magazine 7 Holywood, published on the 15th of the month.
From 8 April to 27 September 2014, Pierre et Gilles exhibition, at the Galerie des Gobelins (Paris), an exhibit of an envelope richly adorned with a portrait of Zahia Dehar, was specially made for the occasion.
A resolute vegetarian, she became one of PETA’s European “muses” in June 2015, posing for musician and photographer Bryan Adams in a campaign entitled “Have a heart, become a vegetarian”.
In November 2015, a few hours before the attacks in Paris, the artists Pierre et Gilles published on their Facebook account a photo taken a few months ago, Zahia posing as Marianne. This photograph was used on social networks as a response to the terrorist acts that occurred on that evening.
Zahia Dehar’s Lingerie Collection
The controversial model registered her lingerie collection business in 2010. The business house has designer lingeries for different sectors like massage oils, cosmetics, travel bags, and jewelry.
Dehar’s first presentation of her new business happened at Palais de Chaillot in the French fashion week. In addition to that, investors from Hong Kong gave funds for two of her lingerie collections.
Zahia Dehar in the Cast of An Easy Girl
In pursuit of accelerating her career, Zahia Dehar portrayed a minor character of Sofia in An Easy Girl. She held the privilege to work with French director Rebecca Zlotowski. The movie premiered on 20 May 2019 at the Cannes Film Festival.
YouTube: Zahia Dehar and Rebecca Zlotowski in a scene of An Easy Girl.
The movie bagged the SACD Award for the best French-language film recently. It also received positive reception from the audience and a 100% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.
Earlier, Dehar featured on Josephine, Pregnant, and Fabulous on 2016 to mark her on-screen debut.
Zahia Dehar Dated Djanis Bouzyani
The controversial star, Zahia Dehar used to date French actor, Djanis Bouzyani in the fall of 2016.
The duo shared a special bond while they were together and fans were pretty excited for it. However, things fell apart pretty quickly and since then Dehar is single.
Zahia Dehar Movies
|2016||Joséphine, Pregnant & Fabulous||Lola|
|2019||An Easy Girl||Sofia|
Quick Facts: Zahia Dehar
- Despite born on Ghriss, Algeria, Zahia moved to Champigny-sur-Marne, France, with her mother and brother at the mere age of 10.
- Meanwhile, her father still lives in Algeria, cutting off all ties with his daughter after his prostitution allegations.
- Dehar consistently posts inappropriate photos on her Twitter handle, which gave her the nickname of ‘la scandaleuse.’
- The French court acquitted both Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery as they didn’t know of Dehar being underage.
- The lingerie model, Zahia Dehar owns a whopping net worth of $5 million.