Liya Kebede

Ph: Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin | Donna Karan Woman Fragrance F/W 12
Other credits: Designer

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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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Pop Lady
Pop Magazine (Editorial)
season: Fall/Winter 2011
photographer: Sean and Seng
Lacoste F/W 11
Lacoste (Advertising)
season: Fall/Winter 2011
photographer: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Balenciaga F/W 11
Balenciaga (Advertising)
season: Fall/Winter 2011
photographer: Steven Meisel
Proenza Schouler S/S 12 show
Proenza Schouler (Shows)
published: September 2011
Alexander Wang S/S 12 Show (Maria opened...
Alexander Wang (Shows)
published: September 2011
Great Inspirations
Vanity Fair (Editorial)
published: September 2011
photographer: Norman Jean Roy
Double Take
American Vogue (Editorial)
published: August 2011
photographer: Steven Meisel
Across The Aisle
American Vogue (Editorial)
published: April 2011
photographer: Arthur Elgort
All for fun and fun for all
i-D Magazine (Editorial)
season: Spring/Summer 2011
photographer: Robbie Fimmano
Lacoste S/S 11
Lacoste (Advertising)
season: Spring/Summer 2011
photographer: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
 

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