Haifa Mohammed Wehbe (هيفاء محمد وهبي) is a model, actress & a singer who rose to fame in the Arab world as runner up to Miss Lebanon and later through the release of her debut album "Houwa El-Zaman ( هو الزمن) in 2002 and is best known through her music for her sex appeal, provocative mannerisms and image, Wehbe is also widely considered a sex symbol in the Middle East. She has so far released four studio albums and made her acting debut in 2008 Pepsi-produced film "Sea of Stars". Wehbe is one of the most well-known female singers in the Arab World and is considered one of the most successful Lebanese singers. In 2006, she was on People Magazine's 50 most beautiful people list
Wehbe is a Shia Lebanese Muslim though her mother is Egyptian, and she has three sisters. Wehbe's brother died at the age of 24 during the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Wehbe's daughter has been living with her father since her parents divorce. In 2008 Wehbe's daughter was married in a private ceremony. As of 2010, Zeinab Zaza and her father are living in Kuwait.
In 2005, Wehbe announced her engagement to a Saudi businessman Tariq Al-Jaffali. After only a few weeks, she and her fiancé decided to split for personal reasons and family issues.
On June 25, 2007, Wehbe survived an accident while filming a music video for the song "Hasa Ma Bena" in Lebanon. In the video, a single engine airplane was to chase Wehbe as she drove a car. However, the airplane inadvertently hit the car, taking off the front windshield of the convertible she was driving. Despite the severity of the accident, Wehbe suffered only minor cuts and bruises.
Haifa married Egyptian businessman Ahmad Abu Husheima on April 24, 2009 in Beirut mong the guests at the wedding party were singer Anastacia, Stacia, Googoosh, Kim Kardashian, Nawal Al Zoughbi, Najwa Karam, Ragheb Alama, Ahlam & Sherine.
Wehbe was ranked 49th in the 2006 Edition of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women by the website Askmen.com. She was also ranked number 6 in the AskMen.com's 10 Hottest Arab Women article.
Some in the more conservative Arab countries deem her revealing outfits scandalous. One Bahraini member of parliament called her a sexual singer who spoke with her body, not her voice. Wehbe said she was aware of the efforts to ban her from performing at the concert but had chosen to ignore their attempts to silence her.
"I am a performer and not a politician," Haifa said. "I know my fans want me I am there for them. I am not concerned with the other issues."
In April 2008, the Islamist-dominated parliament of Bahrain passed a motion urging the government to ban Haifa Wehbe's show in the country. As a result of the motion, Wehbe performed in Bahrain with more modest dress, wearing a long green gown with a low V-neckline during the performance.
- 2002:The "Golden Lion" Award in Egypt.
- 2004: Best Young Female Arab singer in Egypt.
- 2005:The Oscar for "ninashnash" for her song "Baddi Esh" from her second album.
- 2005:The "Murex d'Or" award with the title "Best Artist of the Year".
- 2006:The "Murex d'Or" award with the title "Best Artist of the Year".
- 2009:The "Murex d'Or" award with title "Most Popular Lebanese Singer"
- 2010:The "Murex d'Or" award with the title "Best singer actress"
- 2010: The "ART" Award for her role in her first Egyptian Film "Dokkan Shehata"
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