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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Vamp S/S 14 Covers
Vamp Magazine (Magazine Cover)
season: Spring/Summer 2014
photographers: Giampaolo Sgura, Paola Kudacki, Santiago & Mauricio Sierra
Louis Vuitton F/W 14 Show
Louis Vuitton (Shows)
published: March 2014
Prabal Gurung S/S 14 Campaign
Prabal Gurung (Advertising)
season: Spring/Summer 2014
photographer: Daniel Jackson
L'Oreal Contract 2014 (S/S 14)
L'Oreal (Advertising)
season: Spring/Summer 2014
photographer: Kenneth Willardt
Elle France Feb 28, 2014 Covers
Elle France (Magazine Cover)
published: February 2014
photographers: Andreas Sjodin, Ben Morris
Elle Germany February 2014 Cover (reprin...
Elle Germany (Magazine Cover)
published: February 2014
The Woman Who Knows What Women Want
The New York Times Style Magazine (Editorial)
published: Spring 2014
photographer: Karim Sadli
LIya Kebede
Vogue Italia (Editorial)
published: January 2014
photographer: Yelena Yemchuk
Flower Girls
American Vogue (Editorial)
published: January 2014
credits: Designer, Model
photographer: Mikael Jansson
The Role Models
Glamour Magazine (Editorial)
published: December 2013
photographer: Patrick Demarchelier
 

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