Liya Kebede

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

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biography

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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H&M S/S 10
H&M (Advertising)
season: Spring/Summer 2010
photographer: Terry Richardson
Kenzo S/S 10
Kenzo (Advertising)
season: Spring/Summer 2010
photographer: Mario Sorrenti
The Last Silhouette
Vogue Italia (Editorial)
published: March 2010
photographer: Mario Sorrenti
Push It
V Magazine (Editorial)
published: March 2010
photographer: Josh Olins
Love at First Sight
American Vogue (Editorial)
published: March 2010
photographer: Steven Meisel
Military Issue
American Vogue (Editorial)
published: March 2010
photographer: Mario Testino
Chic Mystique
W Magazine (Editorial)
published: March 2010
photographer: Mario Sorrenti
Runway
Vogue Italia (Editorial)
published: January 2010
photographer: Steven Meisel
Liya Kebede una top model
Elle Italia (Editorial)
published: January 2010
photographer: Alexei Hay
Elle Italia January 2010 Cover
Elle Italia (Magazine Cover)
published: January 2010
photographer: Alexei Hay
 

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