Mia Khalifa (born Sarah Joe Chamoun) is more popular as a former adult entertainer, but today, she has stood out as a social media influencer, feminist activist, fashion muse, YouTuber, and sports writer. She is also known by her nicknames Sarah Chamone, Mia Khalista, Sara Jo Chamone, Mia Callista, and Sarah Jo O'Brien.
Here are a few other things you probably didn't know about the popular social media sensation.
Why Is Mia Khalifa Famous?
Mia Khalifa became famous after working briefly in the adult film industry in 2014 when she became the most-viewed performer on Pornhub in two months. Since leaving the industry, she has gained fame for her opinions, her fashion sense, and her enterprising spirit.
Since she left the porn industry and publicly criticized what it does, she has been working to rebrand herself through fashion. She has admitted that, in the past, she felt uncomfortable in her own skin, a notion that is slowly changing today.
Date Of Birth
10 February 1993
5 feet 2 inches (157 cm)
121 pounds (55 kg)
Tattoos And Piercings
Mia has a couple of unique tattoos on her body, particularly her arms. She also has tattoos on her torso.
She has had surgery on her nose and breasts. Another surgery had to be performed on her breast after her initial implant exploded after it was hit by a hockey puck in 2018.
Her conservative parents disowned her when they found out she had become an adult entertainer. She has not said much about them, but they raised her as a Catholic.
Her hobbies are traveling and fashion.
Who Is Mia Khalifa Dating?
Since 2022, she has been in a relationship with Jhayco, a Puerto Rican rapper.
Mia Khalifa Dating History
She was once married to Wyatt O'Brien, her high school boyfriend, from February 2011 to 2016 when they got divorced.
Mia then married Robert Sandberg, a professional chef, in 2019, but they separated in 2020.
Mia Khalifa Social Media
On Instagram, where she has over 27 million followers, Mia loves to post about her glamorous life as a social media star and fashion influencer. Some of her posts get more than 1 million likes.
About Mia Khalifa
Mia grew up in Lebanon, but her family relocated to Washington DC in the year 2001 due to conflict in South Lebanon. At the time, it was tough for her since Middle Eastern people were facing racial discrimination due to the 9/11 attacks.
She attended Northwest High School and later went to the University of Texas at El Paso where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. In high school, she faced bullying because she was the "darkest and weirdest girl" there, and things only got worse after 911.
The fact that there was an inherent hostility towards people who looked Middle Eastern made her feel less attractive. Aware of the fact that her appearance made people uncomfortable, she grew up feeling uncomfortable in her own skin and she struggled with self-image and self-esteem.
She took odd jobs as a bartender, a model, and a "briefcase" girl on a local game show similar to Deal or No Deal.
These factors contributed to her decision to join the adult film industry, but she still says she had no idea what made her choose that path in life. She was walking across the street when a guy (who turned out to be a porn producer) stopped, got out of his car, and gave her his card. Two weeks later, she decided to give porn a try under the name Mia Khalifa based on her dog's name, Mia, and her favorite American rapper Wiz Khalifa.
This part of her life has made her deal with numerous controversies. For instance, despite claiming to have made just $12,000 during her entire career, Bang Bros claimed to have paid her over $178,000 in addition to everything else she made while working with other companies.
She also got death threats from the Islamic terrorist group, ISIS over one of the films she made wearing a hijab.
Since leaving the industry and deciding to have better control over her life, she has tried several things, including being a host of a sports show and writing a sports column. She has also grown massively as a social media influencer.
Fashion represented a huge turning point for her as it allowed her to express herself creatively. Today, she has worked with several brands and publications in the industry, which she has found quite empowering.
She believes that it is okay to look unique without having to fit into any society's beauty standards. Her goal is to help other girls and women feel more comfortable in their own skin by looking inside them rather than around them when looking for beauty.
Mia is also quite enterprising, having founded the Sheytan brand of jewelry and bodywear. She has an Instagram page dedicated to the brand and it has tens of thousands of followers.
The product can be bought through the brand's website.