Former teen prostitute Zahia Dehar frolics on Malibu beach in barely there bikini
13:59 GMT, 4 October 2012
It is hard to believe that just two years ago Zahia Dehar was a
teenage prostitute embroiled in a scandal involving three French
footballers who were alleged to have illegally paid the then underage girl
Fast forward to 2012 and 20-year-old Zahia has entirely transformed her fortunes, reinventing herself as a couture lingerie designer – and even modelling the collections herself on the Paris catwalk last season.
This time round though, Zahia took a break from the runway – and instead headed to Malibu to top up her tan.
The couture evening wear/lingerie designer, Zahia Dehar enjoyed a day at the beach in Malibu while she is in town visiting Los Angeles during the Emmys
The 20-year-old looked like the ultimate beach babe as she strutted along the sand
Donning a sexy black bandage swimming costume, the call girl-turned-designer showcased her toned and tanned figure as she frolicked around in the sea.
With her long blonde hair roughly tied in a plait, Zahia – who looked for all the world like she was on her own makeshift runway – showed off her trim figure as she walked along the sand.
Zahia's metamorphosis from vice girl to fashion week darling has been an undeniably impressive branding exercise.
on her notoriety as a sex symbol, Zahia Dehar reinvented herself as a
lingerie designer, showing her first collection on the Paris catwalks in
January this year.
Zahia was accused of taking money from French footballers for sex when she was just 16. While selling sex is not illegal in Zahia's home country of France, vice girls must be 18 or over.
The designer looked tanned and toned and she strolled along the water's edge in Malibu
Zahia showed off her pert behind in a barely there bandage style swimming costume as she took a quick dip in the sea
But while the men involved in the allegations saw their reputations sullied – despite the fact the allegations were never proven – Zahia's profile was given a boost by the scandal.
Zahia capitalised on her notoriety, turning her life around entirely. Soon
after the allegations came to light, Zahia became a lingerie model,
appearing on the cover of V magazine and in Vanity Fair Italy among
other publications before turning her hand to couture lingerie.
by her beauty, and the romantic notion of the history of the French
courtesan he said she represented, a charmed Karl Lagerfeld photographed
her debut look book himself.
The designer showed off her collection at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year