Liya Kebede

The fascinatingly beautiful Liya Kebede, born 3 January 1978 in Addis-Abebe, was discovered by a model agency at the age of 18 whilst still at school in France. She was then sent to Paris, subsequently embarking on a career in New York and appearing on the cover of Vogue 3 times. She is also a catwalk model for Tom Ford's Gucci.

When it comes to cinema, Liya is no amateur. She has starred in various feature-films, including The Good Shepherd in 2006, alongside Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie, and Desert Flower in 2006.

As well as being an international supermodel, Liya also dedicates herself to humanitarian causes. She was appointed as the WHO's Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child health, before going on to create her own organisation, The Liya Kebede Foundation, which is aimed especially at raising funds for hospitals worldwide.

Creator of her own clothing label, Lemlem, the designer draws attention to the talents of African craftsmen. Ambitious, discerning and kind-hearted, in 2011 Liya was chosen to be a L'Oréal spokesperson.

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<span>Liya Kebede attends the 'Mr Turner' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2014 in Cannes, France.</span>
<span> Liya Kebede attends the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center, New York City, USA on 2 June, 2014</span>
Liya Kebede at the Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2015 Presentation on June 5, 2014 in New York City
Doutzen and Liya Kebede support charity work together
<span>Liya Kebede walks the runway as part of the Haute-Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 fashion week on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France</span>
<span>Liya Kebede attends the British Fashion Awards on December 1, 2014 in London, England</span>
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<span>Liya Kebede on the red carpet of the 68th Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony, May 13, 2015</span>
<p>Liya Kebede at the 68th Cannes Film Festival, May 14, 2015</p>
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Liya Kebede attends the 2015 CFDA Awards on June 1, 2015 in New York City
<span>Model Liya Kebede attends the 2015 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards on November 9 in New York City.</span>
The L'Oréal Paris' ambassadors attending the Red Obsession Party during Paris Fashion Week