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Liya Kebede


Model Other: Designer, Writer


Modeling Agencies


Birth Date: March 1, 1978
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 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 editions of 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 by becoming the first-ever black model to represent the 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 her husband Kassy Kebede.

Convert in / cm
Hair Eyes Height (ft in) Bust (in) Waist (in) Hips (in) Shoe (us)
Black Brown 5' 10.5" 32" 23" 34" 8.5
Hair Eyes Height (cm) Bust (cm) Waist (cm) Hips (cm) Shoe (us)
Black Brown 179 81 58 86 8.5


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Vogue Italia (Editorial)
December 2023
photographer: Campbell Addy
Vogue Italia (Magazine Cover)
December 2023
photographer: Campbell Addy
Sacai (Shows)
Holiday Magazine (Editorial)
October 2023
photographer: Olivier Kervern
Holiday Magazine (Magazine Cover)
October 2023
L'Oréal Paris (Shows)
The Row (Shows)
Models.com (Other)
photographer: Melodie Jeng
Models.com (Other)
photographer: Melodie Jeng
Michael Kors (Shows)

Liya Kebede in the news

Models.com: MDX
Models.com: Of the Minute