Wafah Dufour, niece of Osama Bin Laden, the man believed to be behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks and many others around the globe, has been signed to create and star in her own reality show. The series, produced by publishing mogul Judith Regan, will follow Dufour as she attempts to fulfill her dream of music stardom. Dufour began singing at age three and says she is influenced by U2, Depeche Mode, Sade, John Mayer, The Cure, and The Cranberries.
Dufour is the daughter of Osama Bin Laden's half-brother Yeslem. Her mother, Carmen Dufour Bin Ladin, hails from Switzerland and authored the book Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia, which told of her difficulties being married to an Islamic fundamentalist.
Even though Wafah spells her name Bin Ladin, not Bin Laden, it is similar enough to her infamous uncles name that people immediately associate her with terrorism. Dufour hopes to address this issue and show the world she is her own woman.
"I understand that when people hear my last name, they have preconceived notions, but I was born an American and I love my country," Dufour said in a statement from ReganMedia.
Recently, the Columbia Law School graduate appeared in a sexy photo shoot for the January issue of men's magazine GQ, and in the accompanying interview she also addressed her family name.
"It's really tough that I have to always explain myself," Dufour told the magazine. "It's like every time I meet someone, I have to move a huge mountain that's in front of me, and sometimes I get tired."
Dufour recently dropped the Bin Ladin, and now goes by Wafah Dufour.
The reality show will be produced by ReganMedia, a division of HarperCollins run by Judith Regan. Regan started out as a reporter for The National Enquirer and eventually moved on to publishing. Her ReganBooks has published autobiographies of Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, and Jose Canseco. She has also produced the reality shows Growing Up Gotti and Jenna Jameson’s Confessions and has appeared as a judge on the reality makeover show The Swan.
In the statement, Regan said, "Wafah is a beautiful and talented singer who--like so many 20-somethings--has a dream to make it in the music business."
While Regan purports that Wafah is a "pop-rock singer and musician," industry insiders are questioning the veracity of that statement. Publishing industry Website The Book Standard quoted a music industry source as saying that he's never heard of Wafah Dufour and that "the only reason anyone is doing a reality show on her is because she's Bin Laden's niece."
Reps at ReganMedia said it was too early to say which network might be interested in the show.