Zahia Dehar

Zahia Dehar

Dehar in september 2016.
Born (1992-02-25) 25 February 1992
Ghriss, Algeria
Nationality Algerian, French
Occupation fashion and lingerie designer[1][2]
Years active 2010–present

Zahia Dehar (born 25 February 1992) is a French-Algerian fashion and lingerie designer, also known for her role in an underage prostitution scandal.[3]

Personal life

Zahia Dehar was born in Ghriss, Algeria, on 25 February 1992.[3] She moved to Champigny-sur-Marne, France with her mother and younger brother at the age of 10.[3] Her father, Hacène Dehar, still lives in Algeria. He has refused any form of contact with his daughter ever since the prostitution allegations appeared.[4]

Dehar is a vegetarian and posed nude for PETA in support of that lifestyle.[5]

Sex scandal

In 2009, Dehar, who was then under 18, was allegedly paid for sex by Sebastián Ariza Medina, and by Franck Ribéry and Karim Benzema, the latter two of whom were players on the French national football team.[6] The age of consent in France is 15, but prostitution is legal only if the worker is over the age of 18.[7] The investigation began 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.[8]

If convicted, the players would have faced up to three years in prison and a €45,000 fine each,[6] while Dehar faced no criminal charges, as prostituting oneself is not a crime under French law. In November 2011, prosecutors asked for the cases against Ribéry and Benzema be dropped, saying that the players were not aware that Dehar was a minor.[2] Five other people were sentenced for procuring, including the person who had introduced Dehar to the soccer players.[9]

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.[3]


Dehar achieved celebrity status as a result of the scandal. She capitalized on her fame by modeling for various artists such as Pierre et Gilles[10] or Karl Lagerfeld,[11] and became a fashion and lingerie designer.,[3][12]



  1. Peter Allen Published at 15:46 GMT, 20 January 2014. ""Underage prostitute who allegedly slept with two of France's highest paid footballers 'no longer considers herself a victim'"".
  2. 1 2 "French prosecutors accept that Ribery did not know prostitute was a minor". France 24. 19 November 2011.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 Rebecca Benhamou. "France's Courtesan Couture: Zahia Dehar - Newsweek and The Daily Beast". Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  4. Salmon, Ludivine (5 August 2010). "Zahia: la vraie histoire d'une gamine de banlieue". VSD No 1719.
  5. "Zahia nue pour PETA : une bonne nouvelle pour les animaux, pas pour les femmes," metronews, 16 June 2015.
  6. 1 2 Angelique Chrisafis in Paris (13 February 2013). "France international under suspicion of soliciting underage prostitute | Football |". Guardian. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  7. "Top French footballer linked to under-age prostitution probe | Football - News |". Agence France-Presse. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  8. Petrequin, Samuel (11 May 2010). "Benzema left out of France's World Cup squad". Associated Press.
  9. Procès Zahia : Ribéry et Benzema peuvent «enfin passer à autre chose», Le Parisien, 30 janvier 2014
  10. « Photo - Zahia, nouvelle Eve pour Pierre & Gilles » Gala, 23 june 2011
  11. Margaret Alwan, Zahia photographiée par Karl Lagerfeld L'Express, 18 january 2012
  12. Renaud Revel, Zahia se lance dans la lingerie, L'Express, 5 January 2012

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