Not suddenly slinky

Singer Işın Karaca was born in London on this date in 1973 to a Cypriot mother and a Turkish father. (Perhaps understandably, she shortened her surname from Büyükkaraca.) Despite a degree in theatre, she didn’t start singing in earnest until her middle twenties, when she recorded songs for the Turkish version of Disney’s Hercules.

Işın Karaca in blue

Işın Karaca in red and blue

Işın Karaca with singing partner Sefa Chesmeberah

By the middle of last decade she’d put on something like 30 kg, and in 2005 she wrote a book titled Büyümek İçin Küçümek Lazĭm (“Need to get smaller to grow”), which, she said, would not be published until she got down to a size 36. The book came out in 2007.

The chap with her in the third picture is singer Sefa Chesmeberah, who duets with her on the single “Sevmekten Anladığım” (“What I understand about love”), from her so-far-unreleased album Eyvallah (“Okay,” more or less):

The single, the second from the album, was released this past January.


  1. Lorna »

    7 March 2017 · 8:15 pm

    I didn’t know anything about her, but I think she looks great! Well done to her on losing the weight.

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  2. CGHill »

    7 March 2017 · 10:56 pm

    I spent one year in Turkey, which is the only reason I can think of for having any particular interest in Turkish pop. (Although pop singers there tend to be on the same cuteness continuum as pop singers everywhere.)

  3. The Other McCain »

    12 March 2017 · 9:28 pm

    Rule 5 Sunday: Whitewashing The Cyborg

    At Dustbury, it’s Isin Karaca and Lisa Loeb.

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