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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play
Pirelli Calendar 2013 by Steve McCurry
Pirelli Calendar (Other)
published: November 2012
photographer: Steve McCurry
a master of modern Couture
British Vogue (Editorial)
published: October 2012
photographer: Willy Vanderperre
Gen W: Proenza Schouler
W Magazine (Editorial)
published: October 2012
photographer: Tom Munro
L'Oreal Contract F/W 12 (Images from Fac...
L'Oreal (Advertising)
season: Fall/Winter 2012
Document 172
Document Journal (Editorial)
season: Fall/Winter 2012
photographer: Collier Schorr
Donna Karan Woman Fragrance F/W 12
Donna Karan (Advertising)
season: Fall/Winter 2012
photographer: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
play
Balenciaga S/S 13 Show (Kirstin L opened...
Balenciaga (Shows)
published: September 2012
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Balenciaga Resort 2013 Video
Balenciaga (Advertising)
published: September 2012
photographer: Steven Meisel
The Velvet Revolution
The New York Times Magazine (Editorial)
published: September 2012
photographer: Cass Bird
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Fashion's Night Out Fall 2012 Campaign
Fashion's Night Out (Advertising)
published: August 2012
photographer: Norman Jean Roy
 

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