Liya Kebede was born on January 3, 1980 in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. She is a supermodel and also started an acting career.
Biography and Career :
She attended Lycee Guebre Mariam and while being there, she was discovered and introduced to a French agent. After the school she left to France and after to New York. Her chance came when Tom Ford offered her an exclusive contract for his Fall/Winter 2000 show.
During the years many famous fashion names wanted her on their catwalk. She was seen in campaigns and advertisements for Gap, Yves Saint-Laurent, Emanuel Ungaro, Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Louis Vuitton and many others. The Vogue magazine put her on the cover and she appeared in its Italian, Japanese, American, French and Spanish editions. She also appeared in
other magazines like V, Flair, i-D and Time's Style & Design. Victoria's Secret proposed her to model in their shows and she was seen several times on their catwalk.
Estee Lauder hired her for three years and they gave her 3 million dollars per year. She is the first model of color who worked for this brand.
In 2000 she got married to Kassy Kebede and they have two children: one son, Suhul, born in 2001 and one daughter, Raee, born in 2005. They live in New York.
- Height: 178 cm
- Measurements: 82.5/58.5/87.5
- Hair Color: Black
- Eye Color: Brown
- Shoe Size: 41
- "If you don't have a dream in life, I don't know what you have. You have to want something beyond your reach; it's exciting when it works out."
- "I'd love it if young girls can see me and say, 'She's done it, and so can I.'"
- "Honestly, I wish I could've lived in their time. They had so much fun."
- "Every day we hear about the dangers of cancer, heart disease and AIDS. But how many of us realize that, in much of the world, the act of giving life to a child is still the biggest killer of women of child-bearing age? That over half a million die every year? Or that 3 million babies are stillborn? Or that another 4 million die during the first days and weeks of life?"
- D Management Group
- Viva Models - Paris
- Why Not Model Agency
- IMG Models - New York.
- Balenciaga, Escada, Este' Lauder, Tiffany&Co, Tommy Hilfiger, Vidal Sassoon, Yves Saint Laurent.
Magazine Covers :
- France: 'Vogue' - May 2002
- Germany: 'Vogue' - April 2007
- Italy: 'Flair' - August 2004
- Russia: 'Vogue' - May 2002
- Spain: 'Vogue' - August 2003; 'Vogue' - February 2005
- UK: 'Harpers & Queen' - September 2004
- US: 'Essence' - September 2004; 'Vogue' - September 2004; 'V Magazine'- July 2000; 'Vogue' - May 2005; 'i-D' - September 2005.
Fashion Shows :
- Spring/Summer 2000: BCBG Max Azria, Ralph Lauren
- Fall/Winter 2000
- Fall/Winter 2001
- Fall/Winter 2001 Haute Couture
- Spring/Summer 2002
- Fall/Winter 2002
- Spring/Summer 2003
- Fall/Winter 2003
- Spring/Summer 2004 Haute Couture
- Fall/Winter 2004
- Spring/Summer 2005
- Fall/Winter 2005
- Fall/Winter 2006.
- 2006 The Good Shepherd
- 2005 Lord of War
- 2003 The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (TV)
- 2002 The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (TV).
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