Liya Kebede

Liya Kebede

Liya KebedeLiya Kebede Top Women Models Photo Gallery, Bio, Images, video. Liya Kebede born January 3, 1978 is an Ethiopian born model, maternal health advocate, clothing designer and actress who has appeared three times on the cover of US Vogue. According to Forbes, Kebede was the eleventh-highest-paid top model in the world in 2007.

Since 2005, Kebede has served as the WHO’s Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

Kebede was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

A film director spotted her while she was attending Lycee Guebre Mariam and introduced her to a French modeling agent. After completing her studies, she moved to France to pursue work through a Parisian agency. Kebede later relocated to New York City.

She has remarked that the modeling industry in Ethiopia is quite different from the catwalks on which she is now ubiquitous because in Ethiopia she had to provide her own shoes for each runway show.

Kebede married Ethiopian hedge fund manager Kassy Kebede in 2000. They have two children together: son Suhul (2001) and daughter Raee (August 2005).  As of 2007, the family resides in New York City.

In 2005, Kebede was appointed WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

She then founded the Liya Kebede Foundation, whose mission is to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality in Ethiopia and around the world. The Foundation funds advocacy and awareness raising projects as well as providing direct support for low-cost technologies, community-based education, and training and medical programs.
Kebede has traveled to Ethiopia to support maternal health projects on multiple occasions. In 2009, she worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of their Living Proof Project.

Kebede served as a High-Level adviser for the Center for Global Development’s 2009 report “Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health.”
Kebede writes for The Huffington Post about maternal and child health and has been featured in Vogue and on The Daily Beast.

She is also part of the Champions for an HIV Free Generation, an organization of African leaders led by former Botswana President Festus Mogae. The Champions advocate for increased HIV prevention and treatment efforts in Africa.

Liya Kebede – Answering Questions from Fans video

Cannes Film Festival 2012 – Liya Kebede video

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