Mia Khalifa is a Lebanese-American media figure, a former porn performer, and a webcam model. She started performing in pornography in October 2014, and within two months she had the most viewers on Pornhub.
Her choice of work was controversial in the Middle East, particularly after a video emerged showing her engaging in sexual activity while donning a hijab.
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Mia Khalifa was born in Lebanon in 1993 and was brought up in a Catholic environment that she describes as being “extremely traditional.” She went to a private French-speaking school in Beirut where she also picked up English. After the South Lebanon conflict, she and her family left their country and relocated to the United States. Her family settled in Montgomery County, Maryland after relocating to the country, and she played lacrosse in high school there.
Mia Khalifa has said that after the September 11 attacks, the bullying got worse because she was “the darkest and craziest girl there” at school. After attending the Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Virginia, she earned a BA in history from the University of Texas at El Paso.
While there, she made a living as a bartender, model, and “briefcase girl” on a regional Spanish version of the Deal or No Deal game show.
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In October 2014, Mia Khalifa began working as a professional in the pornographic film industry. Her stage name was inspired by American rapper Wiz Khalifa and the name of her dog, Mia.
She gained notoriety following the publication of a scene from BangBros in which she participates in a threesome with Julianna Vega and Sean Lawless while donning a hijab. Khalifa’s parents publicly disowned her after the incident, which also garnered censure from writers and religious leaders. The fury provoked in the Arab world ultimately had a little bit of a “Streisand effect,” according to Alex Hawkins, Vice President of Marketing for xHamster. All of a sudden, everyone began looking for her. She became more commonplace despite efforts to censor her.
“With more than 1.5 million views, the 22-year-old Khalifa became the most-searched-for performer on the adult video-sharing website Pornhub. On December 28 that year, Pornhub revealed that she was the No. 1 ranked performer on their website.”
Mia Khalifa received online death threats after becoming the most sought-after actress on Pornhub. One of the threats included a staged photo of Khalifa being held captive by an Islamic State executioner and a threat that she would be “the first person in Hellfire.” Khalifa responded ironically by saying, “I’ve been meaning to get a little tan recently.” She thought it was unimportant that Khalifa was criticized in Lebanese publications because other things were going on in the area.
Mia Khalifa claimed in a July 2016 interview with The Washington Post that she had only worked as a porn star for three months and had quit the business over a year earlier by switching to a “more normal job.” She stated: “I guess it was my rebellious phase. It wasn’t really for me. I kind of smartened up and tried to distance myself from that.”
Before Complex Networks approached her to host a sports show, she said that she continued to operate as a webcam model for Bang Bros for eleven months after she ceased filming sequences. Khalifa was accused of perpetuating the social stigma against sex work by separating herself from her prior employment, according to Carter Cruise, a former performer who now works as a DJ jockey.
Mia Khalifa spent three months acting in pornographic movies before finding work as a paralegal and bookkeeper in Miami. She changed careers and is now a webcam model, sports commentator, and social media star. She runs a YouTube channel, performs as a webcam model, live broadcasts on Twitch, sells photoshoots, merchandise, and access to exclusive material on Patreon, and sells explicit photo and video shoots on Findrow.
Despite Khalifa’s change in profession, Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post observed in 2016 that her social media feed was “still a bit more risqué than that of, say, Ben Bernanke.”
She has supported teams from the Washington, D.C., area on social media by being active there. From October 2017 to February 2018, she and Gilbert Arenas co-hosted Out of Bounds, a daily sports show on Complex News’s YouTube channel. After that, Tyler Coe and Khalifa co-hosted “Sportsball” on RoosterTeeth.com. The show’s last episode was made available on October 30, 2018.
She made a cameo as herself in the Hulu series Ramy in May 2020.
In February 2011, Khalifa got married to her high school sweetheart. 2014 saw their separation, and 2016 saw their divorce. She divorced her second husband in 2020 after getting wedded in 2019. She is currently dating musician Jhay Cortez as of 2022. She claimed to no longer be a practicing Catholic in 2015.
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The first stanza of the Lebanese National Anthem and the Lebanese Forces Cross are both inked on Khalifa. After a bombing in Lebanon in 2012, she received the latter, claiming it was to “express support with [her] father’s political convictions.” Her critics have raised questions about both tattoos.
Mia Khalifa Calls Men ‘Cheap’ & ‘Easy’
Mia Khalia, a former adult star, sparked further controversy after she posted a video on TikTok in which she addressed another user’s tape in which they stated that “getting a man should not be a goal in life.”
The Lebanese American social media star said in response to the initial video, “Men are the easiest thing in the entire world. If you are wondering how you and another woman got the same man, it is because men are the easiest thing in the entire world.”
— RR (@muskmawafan) June 24, 2022
Mia Khalifa described her experiences with dating men as follows: “I have never wanted a man and not gotten him. Do you have any idea how many men have wanted me and not gotten me?”
Mia did, however, acknowledge that she had made mistakes in the past with specific guys. “Granted some dusty’s have caught me slipping, but there has never been a single man that I have wanted that I have not gotten because men are cheap”, she said.
Controversy Between a Married Man and Mia Khalifa
On their honeymoon in Paris, a husband made a costly apology to his new wife by buying her a Birkin bag after he saw former adult actress Mia Khalifa in the hotel they were staying at and eagerly texted his pals about it.
Lya Mariella (@lyamariella) uploaded a video of herself sipping wine while sporting a stylish but dejected appearance, along with a comment explaining the situation.
“POV: You’re in Paris having dinner with your husband when he spots Mia Khalifa, gets way too excited about it & proceeds to text all his friends,” she wrote.
Mariella’s husband spotted Khalifa out to dinner in Paris even though she no longer works as an adult actress. Mariella has garnered 3 million views, 520,000 likes, and hundreds of comments from viewers who have shared their opinions since she published her TikTok.
One person said: “I promise you she [Khalifa] would’ve ignored your husband and talked to you lmao.”
I would have simply left,” another person wrote.
“That is so disrespectful to you, especially when you’re in Paris looking that beautiful,” a third person commented.
But Mariella’s video eventually got to Khalifa, who also sent the TikToker some encouraging words: “Girl my man was on his phone the whole time, I say we throw them all away and go shopping tomorrow.”
@lyamariella Not okay 💀🍷 #honeymoondiaries #fyp #honeymoon #husbandthings #trouble #notokay #truestory #miakhalifa #honeymoontrip #justgreat ♬ C’est si bon – Aoi Teshima
Mariella replied: “I’m currently at Hermes across the street, feel free to meet me here!”
“Good, he owes you a Birkin,” Khalifa answered.
In a subsequent video, Mariella demonstrated her new Birkin bag, which was a gift from her new husband, whose bank account suffered as a result of her following Khalifa’s advice and literally securing the bag.
@lyamariella Reply to @miakhalifa just over here trying to make you proud 😘 #birkin #fyp #birkinbag #hermes #hermesbirkin #miakhalifa #paris #hermesparis #girlthings ♬ Birkin Bag (feat. Luciano, reezy & KALIM) – DJ JEEZY
The two women eventually got to meet up, and as they smiled and laughed while holding up Mariella’s Birkin bag, they posed for photographs.
Khalifa made a joke in the clip: “I am here at the christening of the baby Birkin. We’re not gonna dump it in water just because we wouldn’t do that to our baby.”
“This was the best meeting ever,” she added. “Also her husband that we were talking s*** about is the one filming this right now.”
“What a time to be alive,” Mariella said.
“My Birkin bag’s godmother has spoken,” Mariella joked and added in the caption: “Couldn’t have done it without ya babe.”
@lyamariella Couldn’t have done it without ya babe @miakhalifa #birkin #fyp #birkinbag #hermes #paris #honeymoondiaries #miakhalifa #godmother #parisshopping ♬ original sound lyamariella
The fact that the women were able to come together over the humorous circumstance delighted those who watched the events unfold.
One person said: “Mia is the definition of girls support girls I love her so much.”
“Iconic. AND makin the husband film y’all lol,” another person wrote.
Someone else added: “Not y’all becoming friends.”
“Oh my god y’all actually MET UP LOL iconic,” a fourth person replied.
In the meantime, Khalifa and Mariella collaborated on a funny video that featured an appearance from the husband of the TikToker.
“When you’re about to cuss him out for recognizing Mia Khalifa but he hits you with the uno reverse: Birkin edition,” the on-screen text read.
In the video, Mariella can be seen getting ready to scold her husband before he arrives with the Birkin bag.
@miakhalifa Literal, actual, unbelievably true story ☠️ go to @lyamariella ♬ original sound – Kaylyn
“Literal, actual, unbelievably true story,” Khalifa added in the caption.
Since then, this video has racked up 7.3 million views, 862,000 likes, and thousands of comments from fans who adored the unexpected TikTok collaboration. “Lol Mia out here helpin us get Birkinz.”