Liya Kebede

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



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 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.
Hair Eyes
Black Brown


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
L'Oreal Contract 2013 (S/S 13)
L'Oreal (Advertising)
season: Spring/Summer 2013
photographer: Kenneth Willardt
By Roe Ethridge
Self Service (Editorial)
season: Spring/Summer 2013
photographer: Roe Ethridge
Art Special: Justin Lowe & Jonah Freeman
Pop Magazine (Editorial)
season: Spring/Summer 2013
photographer: Francesco Carrozzini
POP S/S 13 Artist Edition Cover: Justin ...
Pop Magazine (Magazine Cover)
season: Spring/Summer 2013
photographer: Francesco Carrozzini
Spring Suits
Harper's Bazaar U.S. (Editorial)
published: March 2013
photographer: Nathaniel Goldberg
Tom Ford F/W 13 Show
Tom Ford (Shows)
published: February 2013