Hülya Avşar (born Malakan on 10 October 1963 in Edremit, Balıkesir) is a popular Kurdish-Turkish actress, pop folk singer, businesswoman, columnist, fashion designer, magazine editor, professional tennis player, and former beauty pageant titleholder. She is also a television personality who served as a coach and judge for the first two seasons of The Voice from 2011 through 2013.
Avşar also has been a judge on Turkey's Got Talent (Turkish: Yetenek Sizsiniz Türkiye) since 2009. Hülya Avşar was the editor-in-chief of the magazine Hülya, a position she has held for 8 years. She is also the founder of the byH brand.
She graduated from Ankara Cumhuriyet Lisesi and started swimming professionally for DSI. In 1982, she and her family moved to Istanbul. Avşar attended a beauty pageant organized by Bulvar magazine, which she finished first. Later, the organization revoked her crown when it was discovered that she had been married for a brief period. In 1983, she debuted as an actress in the movie Haram. In the following years, she starred in over 70 films and won the Best Actress prize in the 18th Moscow International Film Festival. In addition to this, she launched a singing career that saw a nation-wide concert tour, the release of eight albums and two singles.
In 2000, Avşar won the Best Female Singer award by Kral TV. Later that same year, she wrote for Günaydın newspaper as a columnist. Avşar was also the editor of Hülya (a monthly magazine). She plays tennis on an amateur basis and won a championship in the TED 2001 tennis tournament.
Hülya Avşar is of Turkish descent on her mother's side and Kurdish descent on her father's side. In a television talk show she hosted, she told that her father's Kurdish name is Ello, and her Kurdish birth name is Malakan.
In 1982 Avşar married Mehmet Tecirli, an engineering student; however, they divorced shortly after once she became pregnant at the age of 16. Avşar married for a second time in 1997 to Kaya Çilingiroğlu which ended in divorce in 2005; they have one daughter named Zehra. She has also dated former 1987-88 European Golden Shoe football player Tanju Çolak and businessman Sadettin Saran between 2007-10.
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