Wafah Dufor - The Sexy Bin Laden
Wafah Dufor bears little resemblance to her bearded Uncle, and she has changed her name to her mother's maiden name, but Wafah Dufor is nevertheless Osama Bin Laden's sexy niece, who shot to relative fame in the music industry a while after Osama's landmark attack on the World Trade Center. Born in Los Angeles, 1979 under the name Wafah Bin Laden, Wafah has since changed her name to Wafah Dufor for rather obvious reasons.
Her website states that she is indeed one of Osama Bin Laden's 300 nieces and nephews, but she has never met him, and emphasizes the point that she is committed to Western values.
It should be noted that Wafah is not merely a wannabe riding the wave of publicity caused by the deaths of hundreds, her biography reveals that she has been studying music since she was a child, and after her graduation from Columbia University where she gained a Masters in Law, she traveled to the UK and co wrote pop songs with British artists. Her more recent prominence in the musical world can undoubtedly be at least partially attributed to her nefarious Uncle's evil deeds however.
Wafah seems trapped between ignominy and prominence. Difficult to promote and sell in British and American markets, due to the fairly well deserved animosity her family name has earned, there is nevertheless a certain curiosity that has allowed her music to reach the ears of listeners who might otherwise never have heard of her.
She expressed her frustration in interviews after 9/11, saying: "I want to be accepted here, but I feel that everybody's judging me and rejecting me. Come on, where's the American spirit? Accept me. I want to be embraced, because my values are like yours. And I'm here. I'm not hiding."
Her image is sultry, sexy, and it is undeniable that Wafah is a classical Arabian beauty. GQ Magazine's January 2006 edition rather ironically described Wafah as a femme fatale, and the provocative pictures that she posed for in the magazine portray a kind of allure that Uncle Osama would be sure to disapprove of.
Wafah does not tour or promote her music in the Middle East due to the fact that her mother fears someone might very well kill her. This writer also imagines that there may be certain technical difficulties experienced with trying to sing through a veil.
Wafah Dufour represents a rather saucy challenge for the West. Should she be embraced for her freedom loving spirit, her American citizenry, and her obvious commitment to a life of music, or simply lusted after for her extreme hotness?