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 music, the music of Jews from Arabic speaking countries. 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 barman in various bars and clubs before 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. ^ a b Adrian Garcia (March 13, 2013). "Gaily Stud: Eliad Cohen". Gaily Grind. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Marlon Brieur (23 October 2011). "Eliad Cohen: "Je préfère que mes parties intimes restent intimes!"" (in French). Têtu magazine. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "members « IGLTJA The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Journalists Association". Igltja.org. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Size Doesn't Matter's One-on-one with the 2012 face of Spartacus – Eliad Cohen". SizeDoesn'tMatter website. March 15, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "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" (in Italian). Progress Online. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "עור לבן, מסיכות שוקולד | העוקץ". Haokets.org. 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  7. ^ Justin Ocean (Oct 15, 2012). "Travel and Nightlife - Out Goes to Israel: Eliad Cohen". Out.com. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ Michael Matson (February 21, 2012). "Eliad Cohen's got a bod for sin and a head for business". Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "אליעד כהן מהאריסה מתכונן לשרית חדד". Mako.co.il. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  10. ^ a b רועי יולדוס רוזנצוייג (March 5, 2013). גאווה ישראלית: אליעד כהן – בין הרווקים הנחשקים בעולם (in Hebrew). Mako.il. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ רועי יולדוס רוזנצוייג (December 25, 2012). ההומואים הישראלים כובשים את ספרד (in Hebrew). Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Chris Colfer, Eliad Cohen, Joe McElderry top Most Eligible Gay Bachelor List". Go Pride Chicago. March 4, 2013. Retrieved July 2013. 
  13. ^ OUT.COM editors (March 1, 2013). "Top 10: Eligible Bachelor Results". Out.com. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  14. ^ Idan Matalon (January 29, 2013). אני מצלם את הגברים השווים בעולם (in Hebrew). Mako. Retrieved July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Eliad Cohen quer um marido brasileiro". Pheeno TV. 2012-05-04. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  16. ^ "I'm looking for my Brazilian husband". 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  17. ^ . 2014-12-21 https://www.facebook.com/EliadCohen88/photos/pb.194284173954936.-2207520000.1424449231./853197234730290/?type=3&theater. Retrieved 2015-02-20.  Missing or empty |title= (help)