Liya Kebede

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


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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.


NYFW SS16 Street Style Part 2 (Other)
published: September 2015
photographer: Melodie Jeng
Grazia France August 7, 2015 Cover
Grazia France (Magazine Cover)
published: 08/07/2015
photographer: Jason Kim
Liya and Michael B. Jordan
American Vogue (Editorial)
published: August 2015
photographer: Patrick Demarchelier
J. Crew Fall 2015
J. Crew (Advertising)
published: Fall 2015
photographer: Peter Lindbergh
Liya Kebede
Grazia France (Editorial)
published: August 2015
photographer: Jason Kim
Proenza Schouler F/W 2015
Proenza Schouler (Advertising)
published: August 2015
photographer: David Sims
The Face
The New York Times Style Magazine (Editorial)
published: 06/14/2015
photographer: Craig McDean
Grazia China x Michael Kors Met Gala 201...
Grazia China (Other)
published: May 2015
Paris Icons
MFF Magazine (Editorial)
published: May 2015
Parlez Vous Francais?
Vogue Paris (Editorial)
published: May 2015
photographer: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

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