Born in 1972; became female in 1993.

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Legal name: Yaron Cohen


Sharon Cohen (Hebrew: שרון כהן‎‎), professionally known as Dana International (דנה אינטרנשיונל), born Yaron Cohen (Hebrew: ירון כהן‎‎), is an Israeli pop singer. She has released eight albums and three additional compilation albums, positioning herself as one of Israel's most successful musical acts ever. She is best known as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 in Birmingham with the song "Diva".

Assigned male at birth, Sharon discovered that she was transsexual at an early age, and came out as a trans girl when she was 13, in 1985. She underwent sex reassignment surgery in 1993 and in that year released her first album, Danna International, basing her subsequent stage name on it. After consolidating her initial commercial success with the albums Umpatampa (1994) and Maganuna (1996), she was selected in 1998 to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest with her song "Diva". Placing first at the international competition, she came to public attention throughout Europe.

Dana following up this success with the albums Free (1999), Yoter VeYoter (2001), HaHalom HaEfshari (2002) and Hakol Ze Letova (2008), she represented Israel in Eurovision a second time in 2011, this time with the song "Ding Dong", which failed to make it into the final. The same year, she became a judge on the Israeli television music talent contest Kokhav Nolad.

Dana International has been credited with being one of the world's best known trans women.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Danna International (Offer Nissim Presents) 1
1996 Maganuna 1
1999 Free 2
2001 Yoter Ve-Yoter 1
2002 HaHalom HaEfshari 1
2007 Hakol ze Letova 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Dana International – The Album 1
1998 Diva: The Hits 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Diva 2
1999 Free 2
Woman in Love 1

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