If there is one model in France whose name is almost synonymous with controversy it is the beautiful Zahia Dehar. She rose to fame after being named as the under-age prostitute who was associated with star French footballers Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema and since then her name has been a regular headline in the French entertainment news. She is in the news again as it has been revealed that she is the model of a government sponsored portrait of Queen Marie-Antoinette which is the showcase of an exhibition at a state-owned gallery in Paris.
Critics are complaining vociferously that the beautiful ex-prostitute who now runs her own very profitable lingerie design clothing line is the model who was chosen for the photograph of Queen Marie-Antoinette as some claim that it implies that Marie-Antoinette was once a prostitute which she was not.
Entertainment insiders are speculating that the selection of Zahia Dehar to pose for this photo by the controversy seeking pair of photographer Pierre Comoy and artist Gilles Blanchard was specifically to ignite this controversy which would bring media attention and fans of Zahia Dehar to the exhibition.
If it were the average model or even a new model who had been photographed and painted for this picture the news of a Queen Marie-Antoinette exhibit would not likely have caused a ripple within the French media. However, the presence of a woman such as Zahia Dehar as the model has resulted in excessive media attention and likely a increase in the amount of people who have visited the state-owned gallery and also increased the attention on Zahia Dehar's lingerie business.
The choice of Zahia Dehar as Queen Marie-Antoinette was a brilliant business and marketing move for her as it brings attention to her lingerie business and ensures that people will visit the exhibit just to see what her picture looks like and it is likely that they will be able to complain about the portrait because she looks stunningly beautiful.