LIYA KEBEDE IN VOGUE US SEPTEMBER 2015 BY DAVID SIMS
Kebede was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A film director spotted her while she was attending Lycée 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’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 US SEPTEMBER 2015 , which dedicated the entire issue to her.
In 2011, Kebede was among the models featured in Lacoste’s “new look” campaign in January, a different advertising concept for the year, under the new tagline, “Unconventional Chic”. The ads were shot by Mert and Marcus, showing models wearing the iconic white Lacoste polo shirts worn over fancy black eveningwear.
Hustle & Bustle – Top beautician Grace Coddington assembles victorian motivated pieces by any semblance of Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Alberta Ferretti, & Chloe on excellence Liya Kebede for the september issue of Vogue US, with photography by David Sims. Hair by Paul Hanlon, Make-Up by Lucia Pieroni.