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Paris Haute-Courtesan

Paris Haute-Courtesan

Images via Zahia

This year’s Paris Fashion Week has seen a kinky twist that took us all back to the scandal of 2010. The spotlight is on Zahia Dehar, the infamous (presumably?) former French prostitute who dropped a bomb on the French football scene when it was revealed that she had £2,000-a-night sex with Franck Ribery when she was only 16. While the French player’s reputation dropped to the lowest of the low, the now 19-year old Zahia has turned the situation around, apparently so much so that her lingerie collection recently made its debut on the Parisian runways.

I was dumbfounded by the dramatic transformation when I first encountered the news. I mean she didn’t just launch a line. No, she made her debut in Paris Haute couture, complete with a look book shot by Karl Lagerfeld! WTF?! While it’s true that the fashion world has seen its share of questionable characters, this climb up the ladder is truly jaw-dropping.

I am a believer of second chances and bad-girl-turned-good happy endings. But hey, it’s a different story when her so-called “design” is merely a ribbon wrapped around nipples and crotch. Yes. Sex sells. But what about the dignity of Haute couture…is nothing sacred anymore?

Posted by Elle