Liya Kebede

Ph: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin | Donna Karan Woman Fragrance F/W 12
Other credits: Designer, Journalist

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Nationality: Ethiopia
Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Liya moved to Paris at the age of 18. Her modeling career took off as a year later she debuted at the spring Ralph Lauren and BCBG Max Azria shows, and was also personally selected by Tom Ford for an exclusive contract for the Gucci Fall/Winter 2000 fashion show. She gained still more attention as the entire May 2002 edition of Paris Vogue was dedicated to her. Kebede has been seen on the covers of Italian, Japanese, American, French and Spanish Vogue, V, Flair, i-D and Time's Style & Design, and has been featured in ad campaigns including those for Gap, Yves Saint-Laurent, Victoria's Secret, Emanuel Ungaro, Tommy Hilfiger, Revlon, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada and Louis Vuitton. In 2003, she made history becoming the first ever black model to represent cosmetic company Estee Lauder. She is also an activist, serving as the Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health for the World Health Organization. She has two children with husband Kassy Kebede.

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Grazia China x Michael Kors Met Gala 201...
Grazia China (Other)
published: May 2015
Paris Icons
MFF Magazine (Editorial)
published: May 2015
photographer: Emanuele Scorcelletti
Parlez Vous Francais?
Vogue Paris (Editorial)
published: May 2015
photographer: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Et Dieu créa Liya...
Vogue Paris (Editorial)
published: May 2015
photographer: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Vogue Paris May 2015 Cover
Vogue Paris (Magazine Cover)
published: May 2015
photographer: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Louis Vuitton F/W 15 Show
Louis Vuitton (Shows)
published: 03/11/2015
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'A Divine Will to Change the World' -The...
Document Journal (Editorial)
season: Spring/Summer 2015
photographer: Harley Weir
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Legs Not Doors Film March 2015
Proenza Schouler (Editorial)
published: March 2015
photographer: Harley Weir
PFW FW15 Street Style Part 1
models.com (Other)
published: March 2015
photographer: Melodie Jeng
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L'Oreal COLOR RICHE Spring 2015 by Bruno...
L'Oreal (Advertising)
season: Spring/Summer 2015
photographer: Bruno Aveillan
 

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