Liya Kebede

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

Rankings

New Supers

Agencies

 

biography

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.

recent updates

 
Marie Claire Netherlands November 2014 C...
Marie Claire Netherlands (Magazine Cover)
published: November 2014
photographer: Tiziano Magni
Liya Kebede
Marie Claire France (Editorial)
published: October 2014
photographer: Tiziano Magni
Marie Claire France October 2014 Cover
Marie Claire France (Magazine Cover)
published: October 2014
photographer: Tiziano Magni
play
Louis Vuitton S/S 15 Show
Louis Vuitton (Shows)
published: 09/30/2014
System Magazine n.4 F/W 14 Covers
System Magazine (Magazine Cover)
season: Fall/Winter 2014
photographer: Juergen Teller
Rika F/W 2014 Covers
Rika Magazine (Magazine Cover)
season: Fall/Winter 2014
Mango Premium F/W 2014
Mango (Lookbook/Catalog)
season: Fall/Winter 2014
Faces
CR Fashion Book (Editorial)
season: Fall/Winter 2014
photographer: Johnny Dufort
Conde Nast Traveler September 2014 Cover
Conde Nast Traveler (Magazine Cover)
published: September 2014
photographer: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Vogue Italia September 2014 Cover
Vogue Italia (Magazine Cover)
published: September 2014
photographer: Steven Meisel
 

Liya Kebede in the news: