Sila Sahin is best known for her portrayal of Ayla Özgül in the German soap opera Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten.
The actress is in 2018 famous for Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten.
Age: 32 years and 7 months
Hair color Black
Eye color Dark brown
Height 5′ 7¼” (171 cm)
Religion – believes in god? Non-religious but Muslim
Residence She owns an apartment in Berlin-Charlottenburg
Estimated Net worth 1 million Euro
Product Endorsements Grazia
Sila Sahin posed nude for the German edition of Playboy magazine in May 2011, and became the first Turkish woman to appear on the cover of the magazine.
The move upset some conservative members of her family.
Muslim conservatives have also reacted negatively in threads and websites, while Muslim Indian-American writer Asra Nomani wrote of the relation of the Islamic term awrah to Şahin, and to other Muslim women including Nomani herself, concluding with an expression of hope in “finding a middle ground” between traditional and evolving mores.
In the interview published in the magazine, Sila Sahin described her act as one of liberation and described it as a revolution akin to Che Guevara:
“My upbringing was conservative, I was always told, you must not go out, you must not make yourself look so attractive, you mustn’t have male friends. I have always abided by what men say. As a result I developed an extreme desire for freedom. I feel like Che Guevara. I have to do everything I want, otherwise I feel like I may as well be dead.”
However, Florian Boitin, the editor in chief of German Playboy, claims Sıla Şahin is not a Muslim, saying, “Sila isn’t Muslim.
Her father doesn’t belong to any religion and her mother is Christian.
And the Playboy cover with Sila Sahin is not a religious statement.”
The Playboy pictures of Turkish-German actress Sila Sahin spark debate over integration of Muslims in Germany, and elsewhere in Europe. It may also be a curveball for feminists.
The Playboy picture of Turkish-German actress Sila Sahin spark debate over integration of Muslims in Germany, and elsewhere in Europe. It may also be a curveball for feminists.
Sila Sahin was born in Spandau, West Berlin to an actor father and lives in Charlottenburg.
She speaks four languages: German, Kurdish, Turkish and English.
In June 2016, she married footballer Samuel Radlinger.
A successful actress starring in German television soap opera Good Times, Bad Times, she pleased her many fans and made her Turkish family proud.
But her latest move has shocked some of those fans, and enraged those closest to her.
Posing provocatively on the cover of German Playboy magazine with one breast exposed, Sila Sahin seems to be sending a clear and deliberate message to her conservative Turkish family.
‘I did it because I wanted to be free at last,’ she said. ‘These photographs are a liberation from the restrictions of my childhood.’
Her family have, unsurprisingly, reacted with horror, and her mother has cut off all contact with the actress.
‘My mother is still angry. It will be even more difficult with my grandparents, my aunts and my uncles,’ she said on the website devoted to her television soap.
Sila Sahin has, however, managed to talk to her actor father, who expressed concern over the pressure she will inevitably face from those not only within the Turkish community in Germany, but from the wider Muslim community as a whole.
Ms Sahin’s declared intention was to used the controversial Playboy photoshoot as a call to action for other Turkish girls who suffer the effects of their strict backgrounds, where women’s choices are often limited, husbands are chosen for the girls and chastity closely controlled.
Her message to these girls? ‘For too long I tried to do everything right,’ she says. ‘I want these photos to show young Turkish women it’s okay for you to live however you choose.’
‘Many of my countrymen think it’s great that I can be so free. With the shoot I hoped to say to them that we do not necessarily have to live under these rules given to us.
n what is undeniably a groundbreaking move, Ms Sahin is the first Turkish woman ever to strip for the cover of Playboy.
Indeed, in the 12-page article that accompanies the revealing photographs, Ms Sahin says she feels ‘like Che Guevara’, adding that the semi-naked photoshoot was a bid to express her freedom.
‘My upbringing was conservative,’ she told Playboy. ‘I was always told, you must not go out, you must not make yourself look so attractive, you mustn’t have male friends.
‘I have always abided by what men say. As a result I developed an extreme desire for freedom. I feel like Che Guevara. I have to do everything I want, otherwise I feel like I may as well be dead.’
And according to Ms Sahin, her friends have been impressed by the magazine spread. ‘They admire my courage,’ she says.
But while her friends and some fans may be impressed, Ms Sahin’s family have expressed their disappointment.
And despite her outward conviction, Sila Sahin was devastated her actions should be met with such a harsh response.
In an ill-advised move, Ms Sahin only informed her parents of her Playboy spread via an interview on German television channel RTL, just one day before the nude photographs were to be published.
In an impassioned interview, as she displayed the revealing photographs, she pleaded with her mother and father to understand the reasons behind her decision to pose naked.
Sıla Şahin on IMDb
When the actress Sila Sahin, known from the TV soap opera GZSZ, was posing on the cover of Playboy in May this year, it was discussed in many places whether everything was “real” on this beauty. The Turkish-German woman has now confessed to the Hamburger Morgenpost that she improved the shape of her natural breasts with silicone implants: “Yes, the breasts are not real.”