Liya Kebede is an Ethiopian-born supermodel, designer and maternal health advocate who has appeared on the cover of U.S. Vogue three times. She has worked with numerous fashion designers such as YSL, Roberto Cavalli, Louis Vuitton, L’Oreal, etc. She became the world’s 11th highest-paid top model as per Forbes in 2007. She founded the Liya Kebede Foundation (LKF) in 2005, whose mission is to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality in Ethiopia and around the world. Liya was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She was discovered at her school by a film director and introduced to a French modeling agent. She married Kassy Kebede in 2000, and the couple had one son and one daughter, before getting separated in 2013. They have publicly split in 2015.
Liya Kebede Personal Details:
Date Of Birth: 1 March 1978
Birth Place: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Birth Name: Liya Kebede
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Occupation: Actress, Maternal health advocate, Model, Clothing designer
Race/Ethnicity: Black (Ethiopian)
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Liya Kebede Body Statistics:
Weight in Pounds: 125.66 lbs
Weight in Kilogram: 57 kg
Height in Feet: 5′ 10″
Height in Meters: 1.78 m
Body Build: Slim
Body Measurements: 33-23-34 in (84-58.5-86 cm)
Breast Size: 33 inches (84 cm)
Waist Size: 23 inches (58.5 cm)
Hips Size: 34 inches (86 cm)
Bra Size/Cup Size: 32A
Feet/Shoe Size: 9 (US) / 40 (EU) / 6.5 (UK)
Dress Size: 4 (US) / 34 (EU)
Liya Kebede Family Details:
Spouse: Kassy Kebede (m. 2000)
Children: Suhul Kebede (Son), Raee Kebede (Daughter)
Liya Kebede Education:
She attended a French international school Lycée Guebre-Mariam in Addis Ababa.
Liya Kebede Favorite Things:
Favorite Beauty Icon: Jane Birkin
Favorite Beauty Products: L’Oréal True Match Foundation, Voluminous Mascara by L’Oreal, L’Oréal Colour Riche Le Gloss in Natural Nude
Favorite Salon: A Dominican salon in Harlem
Favorite Hair Products: Elnett hairspray, Kérastase products
Favorite Workout: Yoga
Favorite Shoes: Schier’s black leather Erongo shoes
Favorite Designers: Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler
Liya Kebede Facts:
*She is the first Estee Lauder model of colour.
*She was made WHO’s ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in 2005.
*In 2005, she founded the Liya Kebede Foundation (LKF) for Mothers and Children.
*She has a three-year, $9-million contract deal with Estee Lauder Cosmetics.
*She was chosen as Glamour’s Women of the Year in 2013.
*Forbes ranked her as the 11th-highest paid model worldwide in 2007.
*She has appeared three times on the cover of U.S. Vogue.
*Follow Liya on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.