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Kamaliya Zahoor
Kamaliya in 2010
Background information
Birth name Nataliya Shmarenkova
Born (1977-05-18) 18 May 1977 (age 40)
Zabaykalye, Russian SFSR, USSR
Origin Lviv, Ukraine
  • Singer
  • actress
  • television personality
  • model
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1993–present
Labels TanArm Music
Associated acts
  • Philipp Kirkorov
  • Thomas Anders
  • Jose Carreras
  • Sharon Stone
  • Andy Garcia
  • Steven Dorf
  • James Woods
  • Dmitry Nageev
  • Francis Goya
  • Igor Nikolaev
Website kamaliya.co.uk

Kamaliya Zahoor (Ukrainian: Камалія Захур, Russian: Камалия Захур; born Nataliya Shmarenkova on 18 May 1977), known professionally as simply Kamaliya, is a Ukrainian singer, actress, television personality, model, and former beauty pageant titleholder.[1][2][3] She has become widely known in the United Kingdom through her participation in the British reality television programme Meet the Russians.


Kamaliya (real name Natalya Shmarenkova; Russian: Наталья Шмаренкова) was born in 1977 in Zabaikallye, Chita Oblast, Soviet Union.[1][4] When she turned three, her military father was deployed to Budapest, where she danced and sang in the children's ensemble called "Kolokol’chik" (the Jingle).[4] When her family later moved to Lviv, she took classes in violin and opera, and while in school, she took part in as many concerts and shows as possible. Her efforts were noticed and she received an invitation to sing with the Ukrainian folk music group "Halytska Perlyna" (Halych Perl).[4]

In 2003 Kamaliya wed Mohammad Zahoor, a British/Pakistani businessman. Kamaliya is also involved in charity projects in Ukraine and Pakistan.[1]


In 1993 Kamaliya became the laureate of the Chervona Ruta (Red Rue) Festival in Ukraine and then won the TV-Chance-Stars contest in Moscow[citation needed]. In 1997 she graduated from the University of Culture with a Degree in Variety Art and Mass Shows Direction.[4] At this time, she recorded her first video clip Techno style.

During 1999 and 2000, Kamaliya wrote more than 50 songs, and worked on her album It is Love. In 2000, her song Love You won the first prize as the National Hit Parade's Song of the Year.[citation needed] In 2001 she created the show-center Kamaliya, which not only promoted her, but also organized gala concerts and shows and programs with participation Ukrainian, Russian and foreign stars.[citation needed]

In 2005, Kamaliya took part in the All Ukrainian Charity Tour in support of children with AIDS. The President of Pakistan congratulated Kamaliya on her successful performance at the International Lahore Festival.[5] In 2007 she took part in the Svit talantiv Ukrayiny (All-Ukraine Children Festival),[6] and undertook a charity mission to Pakistan.[citation needed]. Kamaliya has its own charity called " Kamaliya Foundation".

In 2009 she filmed a television pilot Coffee with Kamaliya where she interviewed celebrities.[1]

Kamaliya performed at the Yuna Music Awards 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 in Ukraine, including a duet with Germany’s Thomas Anders of No Ordinary Love.[citation needed]. She was headliner at the "Mr. Gay World 2012" pageant in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kamaliya performed at Ahoy, Rotterdam at Symphony 31 "DJ meets Orchestra" on 14 & 16 March 2015. Kamaliya is a regular performer at the Gay Prides in Germany& UK and now planning in Netherlands too.

Beauty contests[edit]

In 2003 she became "Miss South Ukraine" and "Miss Open – Odessa".[citation needed]

Mrs World 2008[edit]

On June 30, 2008, Kamaliya won the Mrs World pageant.[1][2][7] The event took place in Kaliningrad, Russia.[8] She ranked in the top five contestants, which were as follows: Mrs Ukraine, Mrs Belarus, Mrs Vietnam, Mrs Peru and Mrs Singapore.

In 2009 she was in Vietnam to pass her tiara on to the 2009 Mrs World, Russian Victoria Radochinskaya.[2]


In December 2011, Kamaliya released her debut UK single Crazy In My Heart. The track was mixed by the UK dance duo Digital Dog.

Kamaliya’s second UK single Rising UP was released on February 26, 2012. The single featured mixes by UK dance ensemble Cahill and US production wizards Soulseekerz. The video for this single was shot in Miami by Paul Boyd, in a luxury villa used in CSI Miami.

Kamaliya's love for animals caught the attention of the animal welfare charity World Society for the Protection of Animals (Now known as World Animal Protection) and on February 23, 2012 during a promotional trip to the UK, Kamaliya was asked to headline their annual fundraising party.[citation needed]

Recent notable performances include as a support act to the STEPS reunion tour across the UK. Kamaliya performed as a warm-up act to STEPS on all tour dates bar two (when she was in South Africa to headline Mr Gay World). These appearances coinceded with the launch of her 3rd single 'Arrhythmia' – an Ibiza-inspired dance anthem.[citation needed]

Kamaliya also released her debut UK album Kamaliya onto digital websites and for free with OK! Magazine on 7 August 2012.

In 2013 Kamaliya released her new album, "ClubOpera", which was written and produced for her by Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen and DSign Music. Prior to its release she released 4 singles out of this album. Those were "Butterflies" (2012), "I'm Alive" (2013), "Love Me Like" (2013), "Never Wanna Hurt You (Bad Love, Baby)" (2013).

Film and television career[edit]

Kamaliya's first film role was in the comedy film Muzh Moey Vdovy (Russian: Муж моей вдовы, My Widow's Husband ) by Leonid Gorovets.[9] The movie had its theatrical release on April 1, 2010 in Ukraine and Russia. She also appeared in the 2013 American action film Officer Down as Katya.[10] She also played a lead role in sci-fi movie called "Mantera".

Her new movie, "What About Love", in which she's co-starring with Sharon Stone, Andy Garcia, Jose Coronado, is to be released in the USA in end 2015.

Kamaliya also featured in many TV series and movies: Fathers and sons (и отцы, и дети); Russian 8-episode serial; Bagarne effect (Эффект Багарне);Russian 8-episode serial; and Gift of life (Подарок судьбы); Russian TV movie

She also featured in the reality shows: Riches cry too (Богатые тоже плачут) -Ukrainian TV Meet the Russians (FOX) The lifestyle of the Rich and Famous (NBC)


  • Techno Style (1997) (Techno)
  • Kamaliya, with Love (Dance)
  • Year of the Queen (Dance, Pop)
  • Kamaliya (2012; in both English and Russian including remix version) (Eurodance)
  • Club Opera (2013) (Classical crossover, Dance, Eurodance, Trance, Electronic, Lirica)
  • Timeless (2017)


  • "Crazy in My Heart" (2011)
  • "No Ordinary Love" (2012, featuring Thomas Anders)
  • "Rising Up" (2012)
  • "Arrhythmia" (2012)
  • "Butterflies" (2012)
  • "I'm Alive" (2013)
  • "Love Me Like" (2013)
  • "Never Wanna Hurt You (Bad Love, Baby)" (2014)
  • "Timeless" (2016)
  • "Aphrodite" (2016)
  • "Sign Your Name" (2017)
  • "Make Me Feel (2017)[11]
  • "Wild Child" (2017)[12]
  • "Legend" (2017, featuring Anne Judith Stokke Wik)[13]

Music videos[edit]

Private life[edit]

In 2003, she married British/Pakistan businessman Mohammad Zahoor.[1]

In 2004 the President of Ukraine awarded Kamaliya with the title Honored Artist of Ukraine for her outstanding achievements in developing Ukrainian culture.[14]

On September 6, 2013 Kamaliya gave birth to twin girls, Arabella and Mirabella.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Popova, Yuliya (August 6, 2009). "Zahoor's wife, Kamaliya, has her own ambitions". Kyiv Post. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Popova, Yuliya (November 26, 2009). "Ukrainian Kamaliya passes her Mrs. World crown to Russian beauty". Kyiv Post. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Cantora ucraniana vence o concurso 'Miss Casada'". G1 (in Portuguese). AFP. June 30, 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Kamaliya bio at UMKA". umka.com.ua. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  5. ^ staff report (November 12, 2006). "Puppets and pop music—a fantastic Saturday night". Daily Times. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Svit talantiv Ukrayiny, the 5th All-Ukraine Children Festival". wumag.kiev.ua. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Mrs World history". Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "News without politics". Voice of Russia. July 1, 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Муж моей вдовы (in Russian). today.od.ua. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Officer Down (2013)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  11. ^ "Make Me Feel – Single by Kamaliya on Apple Music". iTunes Store (GB). Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Wild Child (Funk-Device Remix) – Single by Kamaliya on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  13. ^ "Legend (Funk-Device Remix) [feat. Anne Judith Stokke Wik] – Single by Kamaliya on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  14. ^ Заслуженная артистка Украины (in Russian). kamaliya.net. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 

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