Liya Kebede: Star of Africa

Above: Liya Kebede models Lemlem’s autumn/winter 2010
range, all of which is made from cotton woven in Ethiopia.
Eva Wiseman
Sunday 13 June 2010

She was one of the world’s biggest fashion models and the first black face of Estée Lauder. But when Liya Kebede returned home to Ethiopia and saw the chronic problems of maternal health her career took a new turn. Her campaign continues – and now she has set her sights on sustainable fashion.

Flicking through Liya Kebede’s pile of fashion magazine covers passes a calm and perfumed afternoon. In 2002, French Vogue declared May was “All About Liya” month, dedicating a whole issue to the African supermodel after the editor saw her in Tom Ford’s Gucci catwalk show. Describing the day they first met, Ford recalls: “She looked me in the eyes, and I was quite literally stunned. Liya projects an aura of goodness and calm that outshines even her extraordinary physical beauty. Later in the day,” Ford continues, “when trying to remember what she looked like, I could only remember her eyes.” Read more.

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6 Responses to “Liya Kebede: Star of Africa”

  1. 1 joseph Jun 13th, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Good job Liyaye. At least you give me good news about my country. Keep on doing ur thing for u & for ur ur people. love u!

  2. 2 kassahun Lemma Jun 13th, 2010 at 4:08 am

    Liya you are doing a great job in modeling as well as helping with maternal health issues. I think you have a genuine desire to help childern in your motherland Ethiopia, the country with less medical-care. You seem to understand how the situation is. Anyways, you are doing your part. Thanks for your efferts and good luck!

  3. 3 Alefe Jun 15th, 2010 at 6:54 am

    God bless you and all other ethiopians in the diaspora

  4. 4 Adis Jun 15th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I doubt the above picture was taken by a professional photographer. Her pause lacks showing her posture and modeling figure.

  5. 5 Tefferi Jun 15th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Sister Liya you’re doing a good job. yethiopia amlak yeketilish.

  6. 6 Mario Jun 16th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I love Liya Kebede! She is fabulous and stunning African model!

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