Deniz Akkaya

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Deniz Akkaya
Born (1977-08-03) 3 August 1977 (age 39)
Istanbul, Turkey
Alma mater Istanbul University
  • Actress
  • businesswoman
  • editor
  • entrepreneur
  • model
  • presenter
Years active 1996–present
Known for Best Model of Turkey 1997
Children 1
Modelling information
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10.7 in)
Hair colour Auburn-dark brown (coloured; naturally light brown)
Eye colour Greyish-blue

Deniz Akkaya (born 3 August 1977) is a Turkish top model, presenter, occasional fashion editor and disc jockey, entrepreneur, businesswoman, and actress who won Best Model of Turkey 1997. She is an ethnic Circassian,[4] as the daughter of an Hatuqwai father and a Kabardian mother named Dinemyis (Apple of the eye in Circassian). She has a sister, Rigel. As the top-earning model in Turkey in the early 2000s, Deniz Akkaya is considered to be one of the most leading models in Turkish fashion history,[4] and one of the most beautiful women of the country.[5][6]

After graduating from the ISTEK SS Private High School on the Avenue in Kadıköy, she studied American Culture and Literature in Department of Western Languages and Literatures of Faculty of Letters at Istanbul University. Following the competitions Elite Model Look[1] and Best Model of Turkey, she decided to embark on a professional modelling career.

In 2006, Akkaya became the host and lead judge of the fashion-themed reality television show Turkey's Next Top Model, the Turkish counterpart of the Top Model franchise that was hosted by many supermodels, including Tyra Banks in the United States and Heidi Klum in Germany.

Deniz Akkaya starred as Anne Noble in the American film Living & Dying (2007). She speaks fluent English. In 2009, she gave birth to her daughter in Miami, Florida, US.[7]

In 2010, she launched the children's luxury ready-to-wear store Chic Frog by Deniz Akkaya. The American actresses Liv Tyler and Milla Jovovich have often been noted for their resemblance to Akkaya.

In 2015, she was also entered in the Best of the Best as one of the Habertürk's top 20 winners of the Best Model of Turkey competition, and finished first amongst the former female titleholders who found entry in the large-scale survey that lasted for fifteen days.[8][9][10][11][12]

Early life and family[edit]

Akkaya was born on 3 August 1977 in Istanbul, Turkey. Her father was a bureaucrat and master mariner who served as the CEO (Managing Director) of Turkish Maritime Facilities Inc. Her mother was an economist who worked for Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier of Turkey. She studied American philology.[1]


In 1997 she won the Best Model of Turkey contest and decided to embark on a professional modelling career.[13] She is also an actress and an editor for a fashion magazine. She has acted in the films The Masked Gang: Cyprus (2007), Living & Dying (2007), School (2003), Vizontele Tuuba (2003), and Green Light (2002) in addition to the television series Hemşehrim (1996), Şarkılar Seni Söyler (2003), and Metro Palas (2004).



Year Film Role Notes
2002 Green Light
2003 Vizontele Tuuba Deniz Kızı (Mermaid)
2003 School Philosophy teacher Alev Lead
2007 Living & Dying Anne Noble
2007 The Masked Gang: Cyprus Lead


Year Film Role Notes
1996 Hemşehrim
2003 Şarkılar Seni Söyler Ayten Boralı Lead
2004 Metro Palas Yelda Lead
2006 Turkey's Next Top Model Herself Host and lead judge
2015–present Deniz Akkaya ile Yeniden Ben Herself Host
October 2015–present Aramızda Kalmasın Herself Co-host


  1. ^ a b c "Uyuz oldum hırs yaptım!". Hürriyet. 10 January 2000. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Kucuroğlu, Ayşe (3 February 2013). "Interview with Deniz Akkaya". Archived from the original on 6 February 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Akdağ, Emin; Söylemez, Haşim (24 May 2004). "Sürgün Yurdu Anadolu" (in Turkish). Istanbul: Aksiyon. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  4. ^ a b New Beauty Magazine and Posta (21–28 January 2012). "Çerkes olmakla övünüyorum" [I pride on being Circassian]. Posta (in Turkish). Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Deniz Akkayanın kızı, Deniz Akkaya, kızı Ayşe'yle bambaşka bir kadına dönüştü.... | Magazin Haberleri". Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Teknokule". Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Marie Claire Kids and Hürriyet (24 September 2004). "Kızımın kordonunu kendim kestim". Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Habertürk'ten dev anket! Best of the Best kim?". Habertürk. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Best of the Best'e oy yağıyor". Habertürk. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "Best of the Best anketine büyük ilgi". Habertürk. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Best of the Best anketi devam ediyor". Habertürk. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "Deniz Akkaya". Habertürk. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  13. ^ "Bu yarışma yüzünden günde 18 ilaç içiyorum- Arşiv -". Retrieved 25 June 2016. 

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