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 Shia 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.