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Liya Kebede

Model & Businesswoman

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Vital Statistics

Born
1 March 1978
Nationality

Ethiopia

Location
United States

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Biography

A French film director spotted Liya Kebede whilst the model was still a high school student, attending the Lycée Guebre Mariam in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Having completed her school studies, Kebede moved to Paris to pursue her career in modelling.

Kebede established herself in Paris’ modelling scene quickly. Less than a year after her arrival in the city, she walked for Ralph Lauren and BCBG Max Azria, which led to Tom Ford selecting Kebede personally to be a Gucci exclusive for A/W 2000 season.

Ford’s longtime collaborator Carine Roitfeld , then editor of French Vogue, awarded the model yet more prestige when she dedicated the entire May 2002 edition of the publication to Kebede – a first in the magazine’s history. In addition, the model has graced the covers of Italian, Japanese, Spanish and American Vogue, as well as i-D, Flair and Time’s Style & Design edition.

The model has appeared in campaigns for Gap, Yves Saint-Laurent, Victoria's Secret, Emanuel Ungaro, Tommy Hilfiger , Revlon, Dolce & Gabbana , Escada and Louis Vuitton and entered the record books when in 2003 she was the first black model ever to be awarded an Estée Lauder contract.

Although Kebede still models for the likes of Tom Ford, Donna Karan and Roberto Cavalli , she is now focused on philanthropic ventures. These include Lemlem, a clothing line founded to protect traditional Ethiopian weaving techniques and support women. She is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the World Health Organisation’s Maternal, Newborn and Child health division.

She has two children with husband Kassy Kebede.

 

Career

Lemlem

Lemlem

2008 - Present
New York, United States