100 most powerful Arab women 2012
Haifa Wehbe
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Haifa Wehbe

Industry: Culture and Society

Designation: Singer

Country: Lebanon

35-year-old Haifa Wehbe is one of Lebanon’s most colourful entertainers. Born to a Lebanese father and Egyptian mother, she first rose to fame as a runner up for Miss Lebanon. She made her debut in 2002 with the album ‘Houwa El-Zaman’, but her provocative dance moves have seen her win a host of accolades. 2006 was a pivotal year as she was the opening act for US rapper 50 Cent’s Beirut show and she became a spokesperson for drinks company Pepsi and featured in ads with French footballer Thierry Henry.