|Also known as:||Haifa|
|Born:||March 10, 1976|
|Bra/cup size:||34D (75D)|
|Height:||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Weight:||123 lb (56 kg)|
Haifa Wehbe is a Lebanese model, actress, and singer who rose to fame in the Arab world as runner up for Miss Lebanon and later through the release of her debut album Houwa El-Zaman.
Haifa Wehbe was born in Mahrouna, a small Shiite farming town in Southern Lebanon. She grew up listening to jazz and R&B. She began to work as a model at a young age and won the title of Miss South Lebanon at the age of sixteen. Wehbe won an ancillary title at the Miss Lebanon competition, which she had to relinquish when it was discovered that she had already been married (at age 18) and had a baby girl called Zeineb, disqualifying her. She also made a name for herself when she starred in a music video clip for the singer George Wassouf. By 1996, she had appeared on over a hundred magazine covers.
Wehbe is married to Ahmed Abu Hashima and is currently living in Egypt with him.
In 2002, Wehbe released her first album, titled Houwa El-Zaman, which became a commercial success, in part thanks to the popularity of her first single "Agoul Ahwak" .
Her second album Baddi Eesh was released in 2005 and lived up to expectations due to the success of its lead single "Ya Hayat Albi." Released after the assassination of Lebanese politician Rafik Hariri, the title single of the album is about "freedom, considered to be among the most basic of human rights". Her follow-up single became 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 at the end of 2008 or early in 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 on the Italian TV channel Rai Uno at Piazza Navona in Rome, performing in front of celebrities and fashion designers. Haifa Wehbe has also performed with artists from outside the Arab world. On June 10, 2006, Wehbe became the first artist in the Arab world to perform with rapper 50 Cent when she performed the opening act for his first concert in Lebanon, at BIEL in Beirut. On July 4, 2008, Wehbe released the album Habibi Ana which contains 15 songs including the single "Mosh Adra Astana".
Wehbe will release a children's album titled Baby Haifa with Rotana. The release date for the album has yet to be announced.
In July 2005, Wehbe, along with 14 other celebrities from the Arab world, appeared on the live pan-Arab reality series Al-Wadi, based on the French reality show La Ferme Célébrités. Wehbe's role featured songs from her then new album.
Her other non-musical works include a number of movie roles and work as a television host. Wehbe has also designed her own selection of diamond jewelry. She has been a spokesperson for Pepsi, and worked on Pepsi ads with football star Thierry Henry which were aired on Lebanese television during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Wehbe starred in the Pepsi-produced film Sea of Stars released in 2008, along with Carole Samaha, Ahmad el Sherif, Wael Kfoury, Brigitte Yaghi, and Ruwaida al-Mahrooqi.
Wehbe was scheduled to work on the movie "Baby Doll Night", but canceled due to her overbooked schedule. The singer will be starring in another movie with producer Muhammad Al Sabki.
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