The 27-year-old posted her glasses on eBay this weekend, where fans have a week to bid on the “infamous” accessory she wore during her brief porn career in 2014. She has describes their condition as “used and abused” – apparently a nod to his bad experience with the adult industry.
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Khalifa says all proceeds from the sale will go to Red Cross efforts in Beirut, where a massive explosion killed at least 158 people and injured thousands more on August 4.
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The auctions exceeded US $ 100,000 on Tuesday and the auction closes Sunday afternoon.
Khalifa has spoken openly about the explosion in Lebanon on his various social media accounts, which have millions of followers. She posted several videos of the blast on TikTok, where she tried to highlight Lebanon’s humanitarian needs while highlighting corruption within her government.
She explained her eyewear auction in a video posted to TikTok on Monday. The video begins with her various striking model poses to attract viewers before starting to talk about Lebanon.
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“Now that the algorithm thinks it’s for White TikTok, I just want to let you know that there is a humanitarian crisis in Lebanon right now,” Khalifa told him to nearly 10 million followers. “They need our help because their government is corrupt and is not doing anything about it.
“So I do what I can, and what I can do is auction off the original Mia Khalifa glasses, which are currently on eBay. ”
She adds that “every penny” from the auction will go to the Red Cross in Lebanon.
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Khalifa says she specifically authorized the auction with eBay and the Lebanese Red Cross, and that she will live stream the final offer on Sunday. Global News has contacted both organizations to confirm their claims.
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“The fancy glasses are the best accessory, I will sign them (if you wish), and take one last polaroid while wearing them before sending them to their new home !!!” she writes in the description of the auction.
Lebanese authorities say the devastating explosion was caused by a fire in the city’s port area, which spread to a warehouse filled with around 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate. The chemical is often used in fertilizers, but it has also been used as an explosive in terrorist attacks such as the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Timothy McVeigh destroyed a federal building using about two tons of Chemical product.
Ammonium nitrate had been in the Port of Beirut for years.
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The explosion sparked a new round of anti-government protests in Lebanon. The country has fought for decades against political corruption and mismanagement of its ruling class of oligarchs, who have held power since Lebanon emerged from a civil war in 1990.
Hassan Diab resigned his post as Prime Minister of Lebanon on Monday following the disaster.
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Khalifa, who was born in Beirut, became a personality and social media activist following her brief adult film career. She – and her black-rimmed glasses – appeared in a handful of scenes in 2014. Those few scenes propelled her to fame in the NSFW corners of the internet, where she became the world’s most wanted artist at the time.
Her videos have been viewed 949 million times and she was still the second most wanted porn actor in the world last year, according to Pornhub.
“Are you even a brunette girl with glasses if we don’t call you ‘Mia Khalifa’?” she wrote on her Twitter profile.
However, Khalifa has come out in recent years to speak out against the porn industry, which she says took advantage of her and deprived her of any chance to enjoy her videos. She claimed last year that she made around $ 12,000 from her shoots and hasn’t seen a “dime” since, despite the impressive numbers she continues to rack up online.
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Over 1.8 million people have signed a petition to give her control over her domain names and to remove videos of her from the Internet. The petition says Khalifa suffered continued trauma and emotional distress as a result of the videos.
“It feels like you’re stuck in quicksand,” she told the Washington Post last year. “There are still millions of people who think I have only done porn in the past five years.”
She added at the time that she regretted making adult films and wanted to move on with her life.
“No amount of money is worth it,” she said. “The only thing I want is people to stop seeing me naked.”
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