Liya Kebede


Liya Kebede was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on March 1st, 1978 and is the Model. At the age of 45, Liya Kebede biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Other Names / Nick Names
Date of Birth
March 1, 1978
Place of Birth
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
45 years old
Zodiac Sign
$18 Million
Actor, Diplomat, Model
Liya Kebede Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 45 years old, Liya Kebede has this physical status:

Hair Color
Dark Brown
Eye Color
Dark Brown
Not Available
Liya Kebede Religion, Education, and Hobbies
She seems to be half-Christian and half-Muslim.
Not Available
Lycée Guebre-Mariam
Liya Kebede Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Kassy Kebede, ​ ​(m. 2000; div. 2015)​
Dating / Affair
As a kid, she was like studying most of the time
Not Available
Liya Kebede Career

Kebede's big break came when Tom Ford asked her for an exclusive contract for his Gucci Fall/Winter 2000 fashion show. Then in May 2002 she was on the cover of Paris Vogue, which dedicated the entire issue to her.

Kebede has been seen on the covers of Italian, Japanese, American, French and Spanish Vogue, V, i-D and Time's Style & Design. She has been featured in ad campaigns including those for Shiatzy Chen, Gap, Yves Saint-Laurent, Victoria's Secret, Emanuel Ungaro, Tommy Hilfiger, Revlon, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada and Louis Vuitton.

In 2003, Kebede was named the newest face of Estée Lauder cosmetics, the only Ethiopian to serve as their representative in the company's 57-year history. Her contract was rumoured to be worth $3 million. At this time in Kebede's career, she was ranked #1 on

In July 2007, with Kebede earning $2.5 million over the previous 12 months, Forbes named her eleventh in the list of the World's 15 Top-Earning Supermodels. The following year, casting agent James Scully likened her to "an exotic Grace Kelly".

In 2009, Kebede starred in the film-adaption of the bestselling autobiography Desert Flower by former supermodel Waris Dirie. The film recounts Dirie's childhood in Somalia, her rise to stardom and subsequent awareness campaign against female circumcision. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival and received a standing ovation. Kebede has also had minor roles in The Good Shepherd (2006) and Lord of War (2005). She featured as a 'Face of the Moment' in May 2009's US Vogue.

In 2011, Kebede was among the models featured in Lacoste's "new look" campaign in January, with ads shot by Mert and Marcus, showing models wearing white Lacoste polo shirts worn over black eveningwear.

Kebede starred with Jake Gyllenhaal in a Calvin Klein ad.

Kebede is currently on the list of "New Supers" by

Kebede launched Lemlem, a clothing line, in 2007. Lemlem, which means "to bloom" in Amharic, features hand-spun, woven and embroidered women and children's clothing. Kebede founded the line to help preserve the art of traditional weaving in Ethiopia, and to offer work opportunities to local artisans. The line is sold in 150 retailers.


Dame Helen Mirren, 78, showcases wild crimped hair do while dazzling in mirrored silver gown on runway of L'Oreal's Walk Your Worth show during Paris Fashion Week, October 2, 2023
Dame Helen Mirren showcased a wild hair do as she walked in the L'Oreal spring/summer 2024 runway show during Paris Fashion Week on Sunday. The actress, 78, looked sensational in a sweeping silver gown with tastefully cinched waist for the Walk Your Worth show in the French capital. Sweeping the floor, the sleeves of the garment extended right down to the ground and the garment glistened under the bright lights as the star walked.

Weirdest and wackiest fashion items that make a mockery of your money, October 17, 2022
Balenciaga shocked fans and debuted its Lay's chips-inspired clutches that come in different colors to represent various flavors of the salty snacks. But the crinkly chip purse isn't the first outlandish design, as many other designers have tested how far fashionistas are willing to go. Many luxury designers know exactly how to keep the world at their fingertips, while others seem to be using their fashion designs to flex their funny bones. In the past, many have been baffled by Moncler's sleeping bag dress, Golden Goose's sneakers held together by tape and Balenciaga's trash pouches. From Balenciaga Lays chips-inspired clutches to dresses fit for a trash bin, FEMAIL lays bare the far-ranging designs that have raised an eyebrow.

Emily Ratajkowski appears petite next to supermodels Shalom Harlow and Irina Shayk, September 14, 2022
Emily Ratajkowski is one of the biggest supermodels in the industry as she has landed Vogue shoots and posed for Versace. But on Monday evening it was revealed that the beauty is actually on the more petite side when it comes to the supermodel world. While standing next to Karlie Kloss, Shalom Harlow, Irina Shayk and Liya Kebede, she seemed more diminutive.