Liya Kebede
Name: Liya Kebede
Occupation: Model
Gender: Female
Height: 178 cm (5' 11'')
Birth Day: March 1, 1978
Age: 42
Birth Place: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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Liya Kebede

Liya Kebede was born on March 1, 1978 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (42 years old). Liya Kebede is a Model, zodiac sign: Pisces. Nationality: Ethiopia. Approx. Net Worth: $18 Million.


In 2007, Forbes ranked her as the 11th-highest paid model worldwide. She appeared in the film adaptation of Waris Dirie's autobiography Desert Flower.

Net Worth 2020

$18 Million
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Before Fame

While attending the Lycee Guebre Mariam in Ethiopa, she was discovered by a Film director who got her in touch with a French modeling scout.


Biography Timeline


In 2000, Kebede married Ethiopian hedge fund manager Kassy Kebede. They have two children together: son Suhul (September 2000) and daughter Raee (August 2005). As of 2007, the family resided in New York City. The couple separated in 2013, and divorced in 2015.


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.


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 2005, Kebede was appointed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. She then founded the Liya Kebede Foundation, whose mission is to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality in Ethiopia and around the world. The organization funds advocacy and awareness-raising projects as well as providing direct support for low-cost technologies, community-based education, and training and medical programs. In one health center that the foundation works with, hospital deliveries rose by over 50% in 12 months.


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".

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.


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.

Kebede has traveled to Ethiopia to support maternal health projects on multiple occasions. In 2009, she worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of their Living Proof Project. Kebede served as a High-Level adviser for the Center for Global Development's 2009 report "Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health".


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.


In 2013, Kebede was named one of Glamour's Women of the Year for her philanthropic work through her Liya Kebede Foundation.

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Currently, Liya Kebede is 43 years, 0 months and 6 days old. Liya Kebede will celebrate 44th birthday on a Tuesday 1st of March 2022.

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