Liya Kebede

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

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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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Arise Magazine Issue 1 February 2009 Cov...
Arise Magazine (Magazine Cover)
published: February 2009
photographer: Simon Harris
It's A Madcap World
American Vogue (Editorial)
published: February 2009
photographer: Steven Meisel
One Piece Wonders
American Vogue (Editorial)
published: February 2009
photographer: David Sims
St. John Cruise 08
St. John (Advertising)
published: November 2008
photographer: Mark Seliger
Lanvin F/W 08
Lanvin (Advertising)
season: Fall/Winter 2008
photographer: Steven Meisel
Tiffany & Co. F/W 08
Tiffany & Co. (Advertising)
season: Fall/Winter 2008
photographer: Michael Thompson
Vogue Italia July 2008 Covers
Vogue Italia (Magazine Cover)
published: July 2008
photographer: Steven Meisel
Vogue Italia July 2008 Liya Cover
Vogue Italia (Magazine Cover)
published: July 2008
photographer: Steven Meisel
Modern Luxe
Vogue Italia (Editorial)
published: July 2008
photographer: Steven Meisel
From Here to Timbuktu
American Vogue (Editorial)
published: June 2008
photographer: Mikael Jansson
 

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