Born on the 3rd of Jan 1980 in Ethiopia, Liya was spotted by a director who introduced her to a French agent. When she finished school, she travelled to Paris and her modeling career kicked off.
The breakthrough of her career was when she was hired by Tom Ford. He gave her an exclusive contract with Gucci. She landed on the hottest catwalks in Milan, New York and Paris.
In 2001, she became the face of YSL.
In 2003, she was the first balck model to sign a deal with the Estee Lauder brand and also became the face of Dolce and Gabbana.
She has worked with so many amazing fashion photographers like Steven Meisel, Steven Klein, Patrick Demarchelier, Mert Alas, Marcus Piggott, David Sims, Mario Testino.... The list goes on and on.
She has appeared in a lot of fashion magazines including Vogue (the fashion bible), Harpers Bazaar, W magazine, Numero, Essence, Marie Claire and so on...
She has also been featured on the cover of Vogue...
This mother of 2 is not only a supermodel, but also an activist and an actress.
Face of Lacoste, featured in Time magazine's 100 most influential people, named one of the highest paid models by Forbes, Liya Kebede is not only a supermodel to me but also one of my role models!!!!