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 Zuleyka Shahin
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Born: 18 November, 1985
Hometown: London
Occupation: Student
Big Brother 6
Entered: Day 1
Exited: Day 64
Status: Evicted
Nomination(s) Received: 7

Zuleyka Shahin is a housemate from Big Brother 6.


Bisexual Turkish Cypriot belly dancer Zuleyka, 19, stole the limelight on the opening night by wearing a red sari and gold stilettos. A student at Liverpool University, she works part-time in the Passport Office but her passion is dance. She worships her god, Elvis Presley, describes herself as 'confrontational', and loves stirring things up. Claimed she would sleep with anyone in the House - male or female - but has also revealed on the show that her parents didn't she he was gay.

Belly dancer Zuleyka describes herself as the ultimate diva with a passion for sex, chocolate and the Eurovision Song Contest. Zuleyka fears cockroaches, spiders, loneliness, death and never being in love.

Film: Sister Act, Carry On Camping
TV Show: Sex and the City
Book: Erich Martinez
Food: Indian

Quote: "I'll get nominated for being too loud, confrontational, bitching and divaness."

Big Brother 6[]

On Day 12, it was revealed to the House that all housemates would face the public vote as a result of one housemate breaking the rules regarding the discussion of nominations; this housemate was Vanessa. On Day 15, Zuleyka survived the public vote and Lesley was evicted from the House. On Day 60, Zuleyka was nominated for eviction, after receiving just one nomination to-save from her fellow housemates. On Day 64, Zuleyka was evicted from the House after receiving 51.1% of the public vote over Orlaith.

Nominations History[]

Zuleyka's Nominations History
Week Zuleyka's
Nominations Against
1 Day 4 Maxwell,
Day 5 Not
2 Roberto,
3 Roberto,
4 Roberto,
5 Round 1 Saskia,
Round 2 Not eligible
6 Anthony,
Craig, Maxwell
7 Day 46 Science,
Day 50 Makosi Exempt
8 Science,
Makosi, Orlaith
9 Derek,
Evicted, Day 64

(*) The nominations cast during Week 9 were to save rather than to evict.

Post-Big Brother[]

Since Big Brother, Shahin has featured in various magazines and newspapers, notably a high fashion shoot with Attitude Magazine, a masculine makeover with Now Magazine in 2006, where she was given a total makeover and a story with New Magazine in March 2007, talking about being transgender.

Shahin appeared on Sky News in early 2006 with fellow contestant Makosi Musambasi which resulted in a heated discussion between the pair.

Zuleyka announced in February 2006 that she and ex-housemate Kinga Karolczak were a couple, and even claimed "Kinga is the only one for me." She confronted rumours that she was gay and said she wasn't - she was bisexual. Shahin has starred in Pantomime twice since Big Brother, playing the Fairy God Diva both times. In 2005/06 Zuleyka played at the King's Theatre in Southsea, and in 2006/07 in Torquay and Runcorn respectively. In November 2006 Zuleyka launched the online accessories store, which was unsuccessful.

Zuleyka did Diaries for MSN UK on Big Brother in both 2007 and 2008, with a daily diary of thoughts and viewpoints on the show.

Zuleyka has become a notable figure in fashion since her appearance on Big Brother as a runway coach and model scout, having worked with various publications and designers. Zuleyka has also been a judge at various beauty pageants including Miss Universe UK 2008.

Zuleyka has since released the single "Through With Love" and undergone sex reassignment surgery. She lives in LA, California.



  • Thus far, Zuleyka is the only ever Big Brother housemate to originate from Turkey.
  • Zuleyka, Derek Laud and Craig Coates were the only three openly-gay housemates in Big Brother 6.
  • On Day 50 of Big Brother 6, Zuleyka was the only housemate to vote against Makosi Musambasi over Vanessa McIntosh.
    • Thus far, she is the only ever housemate to not vote with the majority when a live face-to-face vote between two housemates is taking place.
  • After being evicted with 51.1% of the vote, Zuleyka was evicted by second closest two-way margin in Big Brother 6.
  • Zuleyka, Rodrigo Lopes and Sam Brodie are the only three ever Big Brother housemates to publicly reveal that they have changed the gender in which they live their lives as since leaving the House.
  • On Day 46 of Big Brother 6, Zuleyka was the only housemate to nominate that day and still receive a nomination against her.
  • Zuleyka and Orlaith McAllister are the only two ever housemates to be put up for eviction after receiving the fewest amount of nominations to save.