Haifa Wehbe: Gorgeous, Elegant… Lebanese

In three words, she is gorgeous, elegant and Lebanese. The Diva, the idol, the dream of every guy and the envy of every living female (even if they deny it), it is the one and only Haifa Wehbe.

Haifa was born in the southern village of Mahrouna. She became a model at a young age and won the title of “Miss South Lebanon” at age sixteen. She won an ancillary title at the “Miss Lebanon” competition, which she had to relinquish when it was discovered that she had already been married, disqualifying her.

The next distinction came in 1995 when she was a runner up for Miss Lebanon. By 1996, she was seen on over 100 magazine covers. In 2006, she was on People Magazine’s 50 most beautiful people list. Her follow-up single was her biggest hit to date, “Ana Haifa”  which became her novelty song. In 2006 she released a follow up single “Bus al-Wawa”, from her upcoming album “Baby Haifa”, to be released end of 2008 or early 2009. The song was later used in a Pepsi advertisement. The song was also voted song of the year in 2006 by Radio Scope and Sawt Al Musika.

Wehbe was the first Arab artist appear at the Italian TV channel Rai Uno at Piazza Navona in Rome, performing in the presence of celebrities and fashion designers. Haifa Wehbe has performed with singers outside of the Arab world. In Egypt, Wehbe performed a duet with Shaggy.

On June 10, 2006 Haifa became the first artist in the Arab world to perform with rapper 50 Cent when she performed as an opening act for his first concert in Lebanon, at BIEL in Beirut. On July 4, 2008 Wehbe released her long awaited new album Habibi Ana which contains 15 songs including the single “Mosh Adra Astana”.

Wehbe was born to an Egyptian mother and Lebanese father. Her three sisters are Alia, Hanna and Rola. Haifa’s brother died at the age of 24 during the 1982 Lebanon War.

Wehbe was ranked 49 in the 2006 Edition of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women by the website AskMen.com.

Her latest album was launched in 2010 (Baby Haifa), and this year is bringing yet a new international step Haifa Wehbe with a duet with David Vendetta . Yama Layali will be released very soon in the Lebanese market and expected to hit the charts .