Demet Akalın (23 April 1972 in Gölcük, Kocaeli) is a famous Turkish pop singer, former model and actress. Akalın studied at Gölcük Barbaros Hayrettin Lisesi and initially wanted to become a journalist or a teacher. She won the 'Miss Mayo' beauty competition organized by Yaşar Alptekin. She joined Neşe Erberk Modeling Agency and worked as a professional model for six years. During this period, she also acted as the female lead in the movies 'Sensiz Olmaz' and 'Tele Anahtar'. In 1996 she started her music career with the song "Sebebim" (My Reason). Her album Unuttum (I've Forgotten) which released in 1997, can be called as her debut album, with this album she has returned active music career which she had break 2000. In 2004, she released her third studio album Banane (I Don't Care), and the album's debut single "Bittim" (I'm Done) made her a famous popstar. Since 2004 she released hits such as, "Aşkın Açamadığı Kapı" (The Door that Love Couldn't Open), "Banane" (None of your business), "Vuracak" (It's Gonna Hit), "Afedersin" (Sorry), "Herkes Hak Ettiği Gibi Yaşıyor" (Everybody Lives the Way They Deserve), "Alçak" (Ignoble), "Tatil" (Holiday), "Mucize" (Miracle), "Tecrübe"