Eliad Cohen
BornMay 11, 1988
BirthplaceAcre, Israel
Height1.83 m
OccupationModel, Director of PR for, event producer
Known For:Co-founder of Gay-ville, producer of the PAPA Party / PAPA World Tour, model

Eliad Cohen (Hebrew:אליעד כהן) (born in Acre, Israel on May 11, 1988) is an Israeli producer, actor, model, entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Gay-ville,[1] a gay-friendly vacation rental service headquartered in Tel Aviv. He became a prominent Israeli gay personality after being chosen as the cover model of the Spartacus International Gay Guide for the 2011-2012 issue, which led to various magazine covers around the world.

After completing his military service, Eliad Cohen began a modelling career,[2] later branching into organizing of events, most notably Arisa and PAPA series, promotion of Tel Aviv Gay Pride events and various activities in support of gay-friendly Israeli tourism. He also established a prominent online service through his own Gay-ville website.[3]


Eliad is well known for his role as the presenter of the Arisa party series,[4] which is the first international party dedicated to Mizrahi, a form of Middle Eastern influenced music. Eliad was approached by the Arisa creative team and asked to star in one of their music videos.[5] The Arisa videos have proved very popular and have an international following online. But they have also drawn criticism for their depiction of various themes and characters.[6] In November 2011, the Arisa party line traveled to São Paulo, Brazil where Eliad and the rest of the Arisa team were featured in front of an audience of nearly 1,000 people.[4]

He is the co-founder of Gay-ville (aka G-ville), a gay-friendly, global vacation and apartment rental network based out of Tel Aviv.[7][8][9] Cohen is also founder of the PAPA Party that was launched in Tel Aviv in association with Tel Aviv Gay Pride. Since 2012, he has launched it internationally with events in various American, Canadian, European and Latin American venues.[10][11]

Spartacus International Gay Guides featured Cohen on the cover of the guide's 2011-2012 issue.[4][12] In February 2013, Out magazine readers voted him as second in its "Top 10: Eligible Bachelors".[1][10][12][13] His appearance on the cover of Spanish gay publication OhMyGod created controversy when Spanish photographer Juan Pablo Santamaria depicted Eliad Cohen under the provocative title "Eliad Cohen: El nuevo mesías gay de Israel" ("The new gay messiah of Israel").[14]

Personal life

Eliad was born on May 11, 1988 in Acre, Israel. After completing high school, he served in the Israel Defense Forces in an elite combat unit for three years.[4] After completing his army service, Eliad moved to Tel Aviv where he worked as a bartender in various bars and clubs before he launched his career.[4] He also ventured into modelling and posed for a number of advertisements. He always wears the chai, as a sign of pride in Israel.[4] Cohen is openly gay[5] after coming out to his parents when he was twenty years old.[9] During an interview in May 2012, Eliad Cohen announced he was looking for a Brazilian husband.[15] Cohen confirmed two months later on his Facebook page.[16] His boyfriend Gustavo Oliva died on December 17, 2014 from a heart attack.[17]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Adrian Garcia. "Gaily Stud: Eliad Cohen", Gaily Grind, March 13, 2013. Retrieved on July 10, 2013. 
  2. Marlon Brieur (23 October 2011). Eliad Cohen: "Je préfère que mes parties intimes restent intimes!" (fr). Têtu magazine. Retrieved on July 10, 2013.
  3. members « IGLTJA The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Journalists Association. Retrieved on 2013-07-11.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 "Size Doesn't Matter's One-on-one with the 2012 face of Spartacus – Eliad Cohen", SizeDoesn'tMatter website, March 15, 2012. Retrieved on July 10, 2013. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Eliad Cohen: da modello a imprenditore - Una rapida e fortunata carriera da modello, una vita in giro per il mondo e un sito internet per il turismo gay con un’ingegnosa formula alla base", Progress Online. Retrieved on July 10, 2013. Template:Languageicon 
  6. עור לבן, מסיכות שוקולד | העוקץ. (2011-06-16). Retrieved on 2013-07-11.
  7. Justin Ocean. "Travel and Nightlife - Out Goes to Israel: Eliad Cohen",, Oct 15, 201`2. Retrieved on July 10, 2013. 
  8. Michael Matson. "Eliad Cohen's got a bod for sin and a head for business", February 21, 2012. Retrieved on July 10, 2013. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 אליעד כהן מהאריסה מתכונן לשרית חדד. Retrieved on 2013-07-11.
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  12. 12.0 12.1 "Chris Colfer, Eliad Cohen, Joe McElderry top Most Eligible Gay Bachelor List", Go Pride Chicago, March 4, 2013. Retrieved on July 2013. 
  13. OUT.COM editors. "Top 10: Eligible Bachelor Results",, March 1, 2013. Retrieved on July 10, 2013. 
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  15. Eliad Cohen quer um marido brasileiro. Pheeno TV (2012-05-04). Retrieved on 2014-04-06.
  16. I'm looking for my Brazilian husband (2012-07-23). Retrieved on 2014-04-06.
  17. You must specify title = and url = when using {{cite web}}. (2014-12-21). Retrieved on 2015-02-20.

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