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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Balenciaga Resort 2013 Video
Balenciaga (Advertising)
published: September 2012
photographer: Steven Meisel
The Velvet Revolution
The NY Times T Magazine (Editorial)
published: September 2012
photographer: Cass Bird
Fashion's Night Out Fall 2012 Campaign
Fashion's Night Out (Advertising)
published: August 2012
photographer: Norman Jean Roy
Document F/W 12 Multiple Covers
Document (Magazine Cover)
published: July 2012
photographer: Collier Schorr
Givenchy Couture F/W 12 Show
Givenchy (Shows)
published: July 2012
Balenciaga Resort 2013 Lookbook
Balenciaga (Lookbook/Catalog)
published: June 2012
Talk to her
American Vogue (Editorial)
published: May 2012
photographer: Steven Meisel
Harper's Bazaar Spain May 2012 Cover
Harper's Bazaar Spain (Magazine Cover)
published: May 2012
photographer: Txema Yeste
Tails of the City
American Vogue (Editorial)
published: April 2012
photographer: Craig McDean
HEROES OF 25
25 Magazine (Editorial)
season: Spring/Summer 2012
photographer: Paola Kudacki
 

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