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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Louis Vuitton Celebrating Monogram Campa...
Louis Vuitton (Advertising)
published: Fall 2014
photographer: Steven Meisel
Model Moms and Their Children in Vogue
VOGUE.com (Other)
published: August 2014
H&M Fall Campaign with Liu, Liya and Nat...
H&M (Advertising)
published: Fall 2014
photographer: Lachlan Bailey
Dior Haute Couture Fall 2014 Show
Dior (Shows)
published: July 2014
Louis Vuitton F/W 14
Louis Vuitton (Advertising)
published: July 2014
PFW SS15 Mens Street Style by Melodie Je...
models.com (Other)
published: June 2014
photographer: Melodie Jeng
Through C├ędric's Eyes
Style.com (Editorial)
published: May 2014
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Louis Vuitton Cruise 2015 Show Monaco
Louis Vuitton (Shows)
published: May 2014
Closed
The Mother's Champion
Porter Magazine (Editorial)
season: Summer 2014
photographer: Miguel Reveriego
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Born Free Charity Campaign 2014
Charity Campaign (Advertising)
published: April 2014
credits: Designer, Model
photographer: Patrick Demarchelier
 

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