Xenia Deli Best Known For Working as a lingerie model for several brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Beach Bunny, Bare Necessities and others. She is also known for appearing in Justin Bieber‘s music video What Do You Mean in August 2015.
Father – Her dad is Turkish
Mother – Her mom is Moldovan
She has Turkish ancestry on her dad’s side, while she is of Moldovan descent on her mom’s side.
Xenia Deli is ethnically Gagauz. She began studying literature and planned on becoming a teacher, but graduated from the first course of the Moldova State University. She also attended modeling school. She went on an exchange program to the United States from Moldova and worked as a waitress. During her time as a waitress she met her first husband, American photographer Patrick Cox, and through their marriage she gained American citizenship. It is unclear when the marriage ended. Later, she attended a program for modeling students, Deli competed in a ‘Beach Bunny’ contest and was one of three finalists. The brand invited her to represent them in their advertising campaign.
Soon after that, Deli met photographer Gavin O’Neill, who invited her to shoot. His submission of her photos to a modeling agency resulted in an interview and a contract. In 2010 she moved to South Carolina. Now she divides her time between New York City and Los Angeles.
On 4 June 2016 Deli married to then 62-year-old Egyptian (of Palestinian origin) millionaire Ossama Fathi Rabah Al-Sharif, on the island Santorini, in Greece. Her husband has three children of approximately the same age as Deli.
Deli started her career with photographs taken by Gavin O’Neill, a fashion photographer, who showed his work to an agency. She got a contract as a model. Deli signed to Elite Model Management in Miami in 2011 and New York City in 2014. Deli picked up a modeling contract with Victoria’s Secret after its representatives saw a poster with her picture from another campaign at a store across from their offices. They invited her for an interview and the parties reached a contract.
Deli has been featured on numerous magazine covers, such as Playboy, Love FMD Magazine, Elle Romania, and Sport Illustrated of South Africa. She has also been featured in magazines, including FHM, GQ, Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Maxim. In 2012 Deli appeared nude in Lovecat Magazine.
Deli has starred in music videos, including “Wake Me Up” of Ionel Istrati and “Thinking About You” of Calvin Harris. In 2015 Deli co-starred in Justin Bieber’s video “What Do You Mean?,” gaining widespread press attention because of the singer’s popularity, after the video was released on August 28, 2015.
This was Bieber’s first No. 1 hit, according to New York Magazine. After the release of the video, Deli said, Bieber’s fans were not happy to see her with their idol. There was widespread speculation about whether she was dating the singing star.
Deli played a minor role in The Mindy Project. She has said that she likes to watch movies and she loves acting. She is taking acting classes, and her future plans include to play in movies.
She is signed to these modeling agencies
Elite Model Management – New York
Traffic Models – Barcelona
Boss Models – Cape Town
Iconic Management – Hamburg
Elite Model Management – Los Angeles
Elite Model Management – Miami
MGM Models – Dusseldorf
She has appeared in advertisements of brands and designers like Bare Necessities, Beach Bunny, Body Central, Fredericks of Hollywood, KOM, Reef, Uberliss, Victoria’s Secret and others.
First TV Show
In 2013, she guest appeared in comedy TV series The Mindy Project for her role as Yana in an episode titled “You’ve Got Sext.”
Xenia works out. She had posted her pictures while exercising on an exercise ball and with dumbbells on Instagram. Her exact workout schedule and diet plan is not known.
Xenia Deli Facts
Xenia won the 2011 Beach Bunny model search contest.
She has graced the cover pages of many magazines such as July/ August 2013 issue of Aquarelle Moldova, February 2014 issue of Elle Romania, May 2012 issue of FHM South Africa, November 2012 issue of Sports Illustrated South Africa, December 2012 issue of FHM Spain and others.
She has posed in swimsuits for Sports Illustrated (SI) Swimsuit Issues.
Xenia started modeling at the age of 18.
Deli had shot a cover with singer Bruno Mars for Playboy magazine.
There is a Twitter page dedicated to Xenia, which is updated more often than her official one.