Modeling world is tough to survive as only a few succeed here and make it to the top. The people especially from developing or underdeveloped nations find it more difficult to make it big in this space. This biography is about one such supermodel that has made a successful career in the modeling industry and is also a well-known face in the glamor industry. Liya Kebede is an Ethiopian model, philanthropist, clothing designer and an actress. Since 2005, she is appointed as a WHO Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. She is a role model for every aspiring model and a humanitarian. Liya Kebede biography has all the interesting details about her life and her successful journey in the field of modeling.
Liya Kebede Date of Birth
Liya Kebede birthday was on 1st March and she was born in the year 1978. She was born and raised in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. She currently resides in New York as it is a suitable location for the work that she does. She celebrates her birthday with her family and some close friends from the modeling and film industry. This biography of Liya Kebede further talks about her family background.
Liya Kebede Family Background
Liya Kebede family hails from Ethiopia where she was born and brought up. Her father was an airline executive officer and quite supportive. She considered her mother as her inspiration throughout the journey and she was always by her side during her days of struggle. She is the only daughter in the family with four brothers. Her parents are very proud of her achievements and continue to support her. You can get a peek into her personal life further by reading this insightful Liya Kebede wiki.
Liya Kebede Personal Life
Liya Kebede looks amazing and has a stunning personality. She has a perfect figure and Liya Kebede measurements are 33-23-34. Liya Kebede height is around 5 feet 10 inches, which is exactly what a model requires. Liya Kebede weight is around 57KGs which make her slim and slender to suit her profession.
Liya Kebede Career
While she was studying in Lyche, Guebre Mariam, a film director spotted her and introduced her to French modeling. After completing her studies, she moved to Paris in order to pursue a career in modeling and later shifted to New York. Liya Kebede had established herself well in the modeling industry. She had walked the ramp for many top brands and her major break was when she received an exclusive contract from Tom Ford for his Gucci 2000 fall/winter show.
She was also featured on the cover page of Paris Vogue which dedicated its entire month’s issue to her. This can easily be termed as a huge achievement for any model. She was featured in almost every top magazine’s cover including Italian, Japanese, American, French and Spanish Vogue, V, Flair, I-D, and Times Style and Design. Every top brand wanted to work with her, she was also seen in many ad campaigns including Gap, Victoria’s secret, Tommy Hilfiger, Revlon, Dolce and Gabbana among the others. In 2003, she was signed by Estee Lauder cosmetics making her the first black model in the 57 years history of the company.
She was ranked No. 1 model and also featured under Forbes World’s 15 top earning supermodels, which named her eleventh. After a successful career in modeling, she then started her own clothing line called Lemlem in 2008. She also made her career in acting as well and featured in films like ‘Lord of War’, ‘The Good Shepherd’, ‘Desert Flower’, ‘Black Gold’ and some more. Liya Kebede movies received a good response and she continues to do movies. Liya Kebede was also appointed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for maternal, newborn and child health in 2005. She then founded Liya Kebede Foundation which focuses to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality in Ethiopia.
Interesting Facts about Liya Kebede
- Liya Kebede ranked No. 1 on models.com.
- Her contract with Estee Lauder was supposed to be around 3 million dollars.
- She earned around $2.5 million in the previous 12 months and thus, was ranked among the Top 15 earning supermodels by Forbes.
- Her own fashion brand LemLem helps to preserve the art of traditional weaving in Ethiopia and also provides job opportunities for local artisans.
- She is also appointed as a WHO Goodwill Ambassador and she has also worked with ‘Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’.
- She is a part of champions for an HIV free generation, an organization of African leaders which come together for prevention and treatment of HIV in Africa.
- In 2013, Glamour magazine named her as women of the year for her philanthropic work through the Liya Kebede Foundation.
Liya Kebede Love Affairs
In 2000, Liya Kebede tied a knot to Ethiopian hedge fund manager Kassy Kebede, who was Liya Kebede boyfriend then. The couple is blessed with two children, a son named Suhul and a daughter named Raee. Liya Kebede children are lucky to have a mother like her. However, the couple is no longer living together and they got separated in 2013 after 13 long years of marriage. In case she decides to marry again to someone else, Liya Kebede husband will be fortunate in the future to be her better half.