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


Elle South Africa September 2016 Cover
Elle South Africa (Magazine Cover)
published: September 2016
The Icons
i-D Magazine (Editorial)
published: Fall 2016
photographer: Amy Troost
J. Crew by Drake Fall 2016
J. Crew (Advertising)
published: Fall 2016
Giorgio Armani New Normal Fall 2016 Camp...
Giorgio Armani (Advertising)
published: July 2016
photographer: Peter Lindbergh
Singular Obsessions
American Vogue (Editorial)
published: July 2016
photographer: Patrick Demarchelier
Mother of Invention
Town & Country (Editorial)
published: June 2016
photographer: Matthew Brookes
L'Oreal Paris Make Up Fall 2016
L'Oreal (Advertising)
published: June 2016
photographer: Kenneth Willardt
Love by Mario Sorrenti
Vogue Italia (Editorial)
published: June 2016
photographer: Mario Sorrenti
LOUIS VUITTON Nicolas Ghesquière
MFF Magazine (Editorial)
published: May 2016
photographer: Juergen Teller
May 2016 Covers THE WOWNESS
MFF Magazine (Magazine Cover)
published: May 2016