Zahia Dehar: Teen prostitute accused of underage sex with footballers shows lingerie collection at Paris couture week

Call girl to catwalk queen: Former teen prostitute accused of underage sex with footballers shows lingerie collection at Paris couture week

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15:43 GMT, 3 July 2012

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 underage girl for sex.

Fast forward to 2012, and Zahia has entirely transformed her fortunes.

Trading 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 earlier this year.

And last night, her status as a recognised figure in the fashion industry was cemented as the blonde former courtesan showcased her second collection of lingerie at Paris Couture Week.

Couture Barbie: Former courtesan Zahia Dehar presented her autumn/winter lingerie line during Paris couture week last night

Zahia Dehar poses as a doll as she opens her show

Couture Barbie: Former courtesan Zahia Dehar presented her autumn/winter lingerie line during Paris couture week last night

Zahia, who modelled some of her
designs herself at last night's show, appeared as a stylised Barbie doll
to open the event before a stream of models took to the runway wearing a
succession of ever more risque lingerie.

Zahia,
now 20, was just 16 when she met French footballer Franck Ribery, 28.
She was 17 when his fellow footballing peers Karim Benzema, 23, and
Sidney Govou, 31, were accused of paying the underage vice girl
thousands of pounds for sex.

Prostitution is legal in France where the accused men lived, but women selling sexual services must be 18 years old or over.

The men involved in the allegations faced up to three years in prison and fines of up to 40,000.

Ribery's
lawyers say they proved he could not have known Zahia was underage at
the time that he paid her for sex. The allegations levelled at the other
two men have never been proven.

Nonetheless, the reputations of all three men were left sullied.

But while the men were disgraced, 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 tunring her hand to couture lingerie.

Entranced
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.

With
this ultimate seal of approval, the rest, as they say, is history. Zahia
Dehar's metamorphosis from courtesan to catwalk queen was complete.

Ballerinas opened Zahia's box to allow the courtesan-turned-catwalk queen to walk onto the runway

Ballerinas opened Zahia's toy box to allow the courtesan-turned-catwalk queen to walk onto the runway

Scarlet lady: A model in one of Zahia's racy designs

Scarlet lady: A model in one of Zahia's racy designs

A cascade of tumbling silk rose petals trimmed a boned corset

Scarlet ladies: The sultry designs used sheer netting and dip-dyed silk to create a dramatic red rose effect

Blooming lovely: The collection was festooned with floral motifs and scattered with petals

Blooming lovely: The collection was festooned with floral motifs and scattered with petals

Blooming lovely: The collection was festooned with floral motifs and scattered with petals

Cheeky: A model in a barely-there creation

Cheeky: That red corset from behind

Cheeky: Barely-there designs by Zahia

Fishtail: A cupcake-pink confection

Zahia Dehar's collection featured some risque designs

Sweet: Cupcake frosting inspired the pastel pinks and candy colours of Zahia Dehar's collection

Romantic: A beaded white corset was trimmed with frothy lace

Ethereal: The collection had a fantasy feel

Ethereal: The pure white bridal elements of the collection had a romantic, fantasy feel

Statement: A sweetheart neckline on this pretty ruffled corset dress

Accomplished: The intricate designs impressed the fashion crowds

Accomplished: The intricate designs demonstrated definite talent