Eliad Cohen is an Israeli entrepreneur, model and party producer, mostly known for being the face behind the successful worldwide Papa parties. He is the co-founder of Gay-ville, 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.
Eliad was born on May 11, 1988 in Acco, Israel. After completing high school, he served in the Israel Defense Forces in an elite combat unit for three years. In 2009, shortly after coming out to his parents at 20 years old, Eliad moved to Tel Aviv where he worked as a bartender in various bars and clubs, ventured into modeling and posed in a few commercial ads. Cohen’s signature trademark is his “Chai” gold necklace – a sign of pride in Israel.
In 2011, Cohen co-founded Gay-ville , a gay-friendly, global vacation and apartment rental network based out of Tel Aviv. Right about that time, he started the PAPA Parties in Tel Aviv in association with Tel Aviv Gay Pride, which later became an international phenomenon, turning Cohen into one of the most sought-after gay models in the world .
Spartacus International Gay Guides featured Cohen on the cover of the guide’s 2011-2012 issue. In February 2013, Out magazine readers voted him second in its “Top 10: Eligible Bachelors”. 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”). Eliad Cohen rarely speaks about his personal life and love. In 2015 he confirmed on his Facebook page that his Brazilian boyfriend Gustavo Oliva died on December 17, 2014 from a heart attack.
2017 LGBT Israelis’ Social Media Power List (A Wider Bridge / February 28, 2017)
Ms. Noir Goes to Israel! (A Wider Bridge / November 9, 2016)
Explore Tel Aviv with Eliad Cohen (Gay Star News / August 24, 2016)
“My Work is Much Less Sexy Than You Think” (A Wider Bridge / April 29, 2016)
Around the world with Eliad Cohen (Gay Star News / March 25, 2015)
Eliad Cohen covers FNQ Magazine (A Wider Bridge / November 11, 2014)
At Home With Eliad Cohen (Ha’aretz / June 8, 2014)
Eliad Cohen on OUT Magazine’s Top 10 (The Jewish Daily Forward / February 18, 2014)
Papa’s coming to Sydney! (Same Same / January 8, 2014)
The Story Of Hanukkah As Told By One Really Hot Israeli Guy (Buzzfeed / December 13, 2013)
Eliad Cohen in ‘Papa from Hell’ Party Ad (Out Magazine / October 8, 2013)
Official Tel Aviv Gay Pride 2013 video (Jerusalem Post / May 28, 2013)