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.

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Vogue Germany December 2015 Cover
Vogue Germany (Magazine Cover)
published: December 2015
photographer: Giampaolo Sgura
L'Officiel November 2015 Covers
L'Officiel (Magazine Cover)
published: November 2015
photographer: Simon Emmett
Loewe S/S 16 Show
Loewe (Shows)
published: 10/02/2015
Isabel Marant S/S 16 Show
Isabel Marant (Shows)
published: 10/02/2015
Bottega Veneta S/S 16 Show
Bottega Veneta (Shows)
published: 09/26/2015
Versace S/S 16 Show
Versace (Shows)
published: 09/25/2015
Emilio Pucci S/S 16 Show
Emilio Pucci (Shows)
published: 09/24/2015
PFW SS16 Street Style Part 2 (Other)
published: September 2015
photographer: Melodie Jeng
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

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