Video: Meet Ethiopian Model & Social Activist Gelila Bekele

Gelila Bekele, 26, is an Ethiopian model, humanitarian and social activist. (Courtesy photo)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New York (TADIAS) – In a video interview Ethiopian-born Model and Social Activist Gelila Bekele recently discussed her career and humanitarian projects with Tadias Magazine.

Gelila is currently signed with Ford Models, appearing in ads for Levi’s, Pantene, L’Oreal and Colgate as well as being featured in various fashion magazines including Essence, Marie Claire, and Allure.

“I couldn’t take credit for being good at modeling, but of course you have to be a business woman to have longevity,” Gelila said, speaking about her modeling work. “It’s one of those situations where you say to yourself I have not changed but I am not the same.”

Regarding her humanitarian projects Gelila focuses on access to clean water, food, and education. “Those are the three things for me that are important as a human being,” she said. “Life is a perspective, but for me if a child…has basic access to clean water, food and school and proper health care, it’s one of those situations where you are not creating for people to wait for foreign aid.”

Watch Tigist Selam’s Interview with Model Gelila Bekele

5 Responses to “Video: Meet Ethiopian Model & Social Activist Gelila Bekele”


  1. 1 mel Dec 27th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Gelila Bekele is a perfect model and descent person. She has indomitable spirit of yes I can is something I greatly admire and respect. I ascertain from her interview that she speaks several languages, she gorgeous, and gifted in many ways.

  2. 2 Arif Dec 28th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Betam arif interview!!

  3. 3 Dire Dire Dec 28th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I enjoyed it! Gelila is very lovely, smart, konjo, sincere!!Good luck on all your endeavors!

  4. 4 Mekonnen Dec 28th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Dear Gellila
    God bless you.
    MBA, Chicago

  5. 5 Gelila Jul 18th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    SHE IS AWESOME!

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