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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Philipp Plein S/S 14 Show
Philipp Plein (Shows)
published: September 2013
Emilio Pucci S/S 14 Show
Emilio Pucci (Shows)
published: September 2013
Proenza Schouler S/S 14 Show
Proenza Schouler (Shows)
published: September 2013
Singular Beauties
Harper's Bazaar (Editorial)
published: September 2013
photographer: Karl Lagerfeld
Identity Politics
American Vogue (Editorial)
published: July 2013
photographer: Craig McDean
SURVIVAL OF THE CHICEST
W Magazine (Editorial)
published: June 2013
photographer: Mikael Jansson
Style by Design
WSJ (Editorial)
published: May 2013
photographer: Josh Olins
The Vanishing Underground
Vogue Japan (Editorial)
published: April 2013
photographer: Mikael Jansson
The Archive of an Era: Balenciaga by Nic...
System Magazine (Editorial)
season: Spring/Summer 2013
photographer: Patrick Demarchelier
Donna Karan Woman Fragrance 2013 (S/S 13...
Donna Karan (Advertising)
season: Spring/Summer 2013
photographer: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
 

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