Throughout her diverse career, Liya Kebede has carved the status of a great philanthropist and now, she stands as a proud L'Oréal Paris Brand Ambassador. Liya frequently dazzles on the red carpet, not only as an enormously successful model, but also as a well-respected fashion designer and actress. Amongst others, she starred in the award-winning film Desert Flower, an adaptation of model Waris Dirie’s autobiography.
Liya has graced the covers of Italian, Japanese, American, French and Spanish Vogue and has fronted campaigns for designers from Tom Ford to Louis Vuitton. In 2007, she expanded her presence within the fashion industry with the launch of her Fairtrade clothing brand Lemlem. The brand supports the Ethiopian weaving trade and in 2008, its first collection to be handmade in Ethiopia was released. As a product of Liya’s interest in fashion and avid humanitarianism, Lemlem gives Ethiopian craftspeople a vital economic opportunity.
Liya’s altruism goes far beyond her fashion ventures. After being appointed the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, she founded the Liya Kebede Association. The association endeavours to reduce mother and child mortality, while improving living conditions for families across the world. Working in close collaboration with many other highly respected bodies like UNICEF, the association helps mothers and children globally.