Liya Kebede Makes TIME 100 List

Above: Liya Kebede has been named by Time Magazine as one
of the 100 influential people who “most affect our world.”

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Friday, April 30, 2010

New York (Tadias) – President Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Oprah Winfrey, Glenn Beck, Lady Gaga, and Liya Kebede are among the 100 individuals who made the cut into Time Magazine‘s annual list of influential people.

The 2010 TIME 100 – categorized as Leaders, Heroes, Artists and Thinkers – is made up of a diverse group of global newsmakers who are known for their powers of persuasion as well as for sparking controversy.

The Ethiopian-born model ranks number fifteen out of 25 “Heroes” on the 2010 list and joins notable personalities, such as former President Bill Clinton and Iranian reformist politician Mir-Hossein Mousavi.

Kebede, 32, who is being recognized mostly for her role as the World Health Organization’s Goodwill Ambassador, has focused her advocacy work on maternal, newborn and child health issues since her appointment in 2005. She is also one of two Ethiopians who were recently named “Young Global Leaders” by the World Economic Forum.

“I first met Liya Kebede about 10 years ago in Paris. I was casting models for a show, and Liya came in. She looked me in the eyes, and I was quite literally stunned…,” writes fashion designer and film director Tom Ford in Time Magazine. “In today’s world, celebrity advocates are not rare. What is rare is to encounter one whose devotion and drive come from a genuine desire to better our world. Liya’s work comes from a place of sincerity, and her beauty is much more than skin-deep.”

We congratulate Liya Kebede on the honor given to her by Time Magazine.

Video: Liya Kebede on World Health Day in 2005

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20 Responses to “Liya Kebede Makes TIME 100 List”

  1. 1 Pat Ortman Apr 30th, 2010 at 8:11 pm


  2. 2 Abera May 1st, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I am proud of Liya kebede and web-master of Tadias Tsedale, both my heroes. ( yehagerie ye helina jeginoch setoch nachew).

    Kebede Abera

  3. 3 Tarekegn Bululta May 1st, 2010 at 1:04 am

    I want to extend my congratulation to Liya Kebede.

  4. 4 Addis May 1st, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Congratulations Liya!

    we are proud of your achievements.


  5. 5 Melaku May 1st, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Congratulations Liya! Keep up the good work. And may the Tabot of Ethiopia always protect you and your family!!

    God Bless

  6. 6 gessesew May 1st, 2010 at 8:23 am


  7. 7 Guest May 1st, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Thanks a lot. Young men and women like Liya Kebede and Haile Gebrselassie (king of the track) have been inspiring us. Ethiopia shall awaken and prosper! Sure it will…

  8. 8 Surafel Haileleul May 1st, 2010 at 8:58 am

    We love you Liya. Thank you Tadias Magazine for celebrating the beauty and achievements of Ethiopia and Ethiopians. I love you people.

    Liya is Ethiopia’s best ambassador on the world stage since Emperor Haile Selassie.

    Stay strong, stay dignified, stay gold, and stay honest!

    Hugs and kisses!

  9. 9 Capt May 1st, 2010 at 11:51 am

    We in Ethiopia are very proud of you Liya. Keep up the good work you are doing and may God bless you.


  10. 10 From Asmara May 1st, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Congratulations Liya.

  11. 11 Öiechä May 1st, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    It is one of those rare moments, at least to me, to be proud to be an Ethiopian. Liya could have done just as well in any other undertaking she chooses. Here energy, sincerity and humanity oozes through her whole being!

    I am Proud of you Liya !

    With regard , respect and heart felt gratitude!

    Öiechä Öni-Öné

  12. 12 Mimi Miami May 1st, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Way to go Liya Kebede.

  13. 13 Francine Jones May 2nd, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Most deserved congratulations and good luck! You are also a wonderful African-American role model and supermodel!

  14. 14 Hiwot May 3rd, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Congrats Liya, your achievement is our inspiration, you make us proud.

    God bless!

  15. 15 meron May 3rd, 2010 at 2:39 pm


  16. 16 Tefferi May 3rd, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Liya we are all proud of you. God bless you and your family.

  17. 17 Ethiopia4ever May 8th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Dr. rahel,

    If you have something to claim, claim it and don’t waste time with weak insinuations. I am proud of Liya Kebede.

  18. 18 engida May 13th, 2010 at 3:09 am

    Hi Liya, this is great news!

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