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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On The Town
American Vogue (Editorial)
published: September 2010
photographer: Steven Meisel
Essence Magazine September 2010 Cover
Essence Magazine (Magazine Cover)
published: September 2010
Liya Kebede by Tom Munro
Vogue Italia (Editorial)
published: August 2010
photographer: Tom Munro
Indelible Ink
American Vogue (Editorial)
published: July 2010
photographer: Mario Testino
Best in Show
W Magazine (Editorial)
published: June 2010
photographer: Craig McDean
Boy, the way you blowin up my phone
i-D Magazine (Editorial)
published: May 2010
photographer: Amy Troost
American Experience
American Vogue (Editorial)
published: May 2010
photographer: David Sims
Seven
Numéro (Editorial)
published: May 2010
photographer: Peter Lindbergh
Float On
American Vogue (Editorial)
published: April 2010
photographer: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Jumble Fever
The New York Times Style Magazine (Editorial)
season: Spring/Summer 2010
photographer: Paolo Roversi
 

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