Early life and education Khalifa was born in Beirut, Lebanon and moved with her family to the United States in 2000. She moved to Montgomery County, Maryland as a teenager and attended Northwest High School. A few years later she graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Her family is Catholic, although she is no longer practicing Career Khalifa entered the adult film industry in October 2014. She had been working at a local fast food restaurant when she was approached by a customer and asked if she ever wanted to be in pornography. On December 28 that year, Pornhub revealed that she was the #1 ranked porn star on their website, replacing retired Lisa Ann. Her newfound notoriety quickly drew strong criticism from many in the Middle East, who branded her career choice as shameful and Khalifa herself a disgrace to her country. Media attention In one of her videos filmed by Bang Bros, Khalifa is seen wearing a hijab, while describing it as "problematic" and "gross". Many took offense to the depiction, and she has received death threats as a result of the video. Khalifa in an interview with the Washington Post said the controversial scene was satirical and should be taken as such, claiming that Hollywood movies depicted Muslims in much more negative lights than any pornographer could. She has also said that her parents have stopped speaking to her because of her career choice. Many supporters have come out defending Khalifa's decision to become an adult performer. She said of the controversy: "Women's rights in Lebanon are a long way from being taken seriously if a Lebanese-American porn star that no longer resides there can cause such an uproar. What I once boasted to people as being the most Westernized-nation in the Middle East, I now see as devastatingly archaic and oppressed." Achievement With more than 1.5 million views, the 21-year-old Khalifa became the most searched-for star on adult movie site Pornhub. According to data from Pornhub, from January 3 to 6, 2015, searches for Mia Khalifa increased five-fold. Around a quarter of those searches came from Lebanon, with substantial searches also from nearby Arab states of Syria and Jordan. Personal life She currently resides in Miami, Florida. She married an American man in February 2011 shortly after she turned 18. Khalifa has a tattoo of the opening line of the Lebanese National Anthem and another of the Lebanese Forces Cross; the latter she got in 2012 after a bombing in Lebanon, claiming it was to "show solidarity with my father's political views". Both tattoos have come under the scrutiny of her detractors. She has also said that her parents have stopped speaking to her because of her career choice. In a statement, her parents disassociated themselves from her actions saying that her entering into the porn industry was due to living in a foreign country which had a different culture than theirs and her actions did not represent her upbringing. They also said that they hoped that she left her career saying that her image did not honor her family or her home country. Khalifa describes herself on her Twitter and Instagram profile as a future Whataburger franchise owner. Whataburger released a statement in response that they were not planning to add any franchises. Khalifa is a fan of Florida State Seminoles football. She attempted to recruit Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller to transfer to Florida State through social networking. In popular culture On January 6, 2015, Timeflies released a song titled "Mia Khalifa" in homage to her. In response, she posted a YouTube video of herself twerking to the song. Almaza, a Lebanese brewery, ran an ad showing an Almaza beer bottle next to Khalifa's signature glasses, with the slogan: "Both of us are for adults only."