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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Bottega Veneta S/S 12 Campaign Video
Bottega Veneta (Advertising)
season: Spring/Summer 2012
photographer: Jack Pierson
Bottega Veneta S/S 12
Bottega Veneta (Advertising)
season: Spring/Summer 2012
photographer: Jack Pierson
Tisci's Time
American Vogue (Other)
published: March 2012
photographer: Annie Leibovitz
Bedlam
Love Magazine (Editorial)
published: March 2012
photographer: Daniel Jackson
S Moda for El Pais January 2012 Cover
S Moda for El Pais (Magazine Cover)
published: January 2012
photographer: Amy Troost
H&M Wake Up to Spring Online Campaign Ja...
H&M (Advertising)
published: January 2012
IMG Powerhouse
V Magazine (Editorial)
published: November 2011
photographer: Terry Richardson
Numero China October 2011 Cover
Numero China (Magazine Cover)
published: October 2011
photographer: Tiziano Magni
L'Oreal Contract 2011 (F/W 11)
L'Oreal (Advertising)
season: Fall/Winter 2011
photographer: Kenneth Willardt
Pop Lady
Pop Magazine (Editorial)
season: Fall/Winter 2011
photographer: Sean and Seng
 

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