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Liya Kebede is a model, maternal health advocate, clothing designer, and actress.

Relationship Facts of Liya Kebede

Liya Kebede is not having an affair with anyone presently.
Her sexual orientation is straight.

What is the relationship of Liya Kebede?

Liya Kebede was married. Her husband’s name was Kassy Kebede. They exchanged vows in 2000 but separated in 2013. Later in 2015, they finalized their divorce.

Together, the couple has two children, son Suhul (born in 2001) and daughter Raee (born in August 2005).

Who is Liya Kebede?

Liya Kebede is an eminent Ethiopian model, maternal health advocate, clothing designer, and actress.

In fact, Forbes identified Liya Kebede as the eleventh-highest-paid top model in the world in 2007, and she has appeared three times on the cover of U.S. Vogue.

Likely, she has served as the WHO’s Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health since 2005.

Liya Kebede: Age, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity

Liya Kebede was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on March 1, 1978. Her father’s and mother’s name is unknown. Hence, there is no much information about her and her family.

There is no information about her siblings. Liya holds American- Ethiopian citizenship and Ethiopian ethnicity. Her birth sign is Pisces.

Education, School/ College University

Talking about Liya’s education history, as a child, she attended the Franco-Ethiopian school ‘Lycee Guebre Mariam’.

Liya Kebede: Professional Life, Career

Talking about her profession, Kebede enjoyed early success in Paris and modeled for several big labels on the catwalk including ‘Ralph Lauren’ and ‘BCBG Max Azria’. Her career really took off when she was personally selected by Tom Ford for an exclusive contract in the ‘Gucci 2000 Fall/Winter show’.

Liya Kebede
Source: IMG models (Liya Kebede on VOGUE)

Then, after quickly establishing herself in the competitive Paris modeling scene, she moved to New York to continue her rapid upward career arc. Similarly, in May of 2002, ‘Vogue‘ magazine made personal history when they dedicated that month’s entire issue to her. In the year 2007, ‘Forbes’ listed her as number 11 in their list of the world’s 15 top-earning supermodels.

Whereas, Kebede officially launched her career as a fashion designer with the inception of her fashion brand ‘LemLem’ in 2008. Likewise, her career as an actress has included several films, mostly featuring her in small supporting roles.

Awards, Nomination

This model won Female Revelation at Chopard Trophy, she won Best International Actress for Desert Flower (2009) at Audience Award in 2010.

Liya Kebede: Net Worth, Salary

Kebede has an estimated net worth of around $18 million and she has earned that sum of money from her professional career.

She has advertised for brands and designers like Ann Taylor, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Emanuel Ungaro, Escada, Esteé Lauder, Gap, Givenchy, H&M, J.Crew, Jones New York, Kenzo, Lanvin, Lord & Taylor, L’Oréal, Louis Vuitton, St. John, Tiffany & Co., Tommy Hilfiger, Vidal Sassoon, and Yves Saint Laurent (YSL).

Liya Kebede: Rumors and Controversy

In the year 2003, she signed a contract with ‘Estée Lauder’ that was rumored to be worth $18 million. Currently, she is far from rumors and controversies.

Body Measurements: Height, Weight, Body Size

Liya Kebede has a height of 5 feet 10 inches and she weighs is 57Kg. Additionally, she has a measurement of 33-23-34 inches.

Her hair color is dark brown and her eyes color is dark brown. Furthermore, her dress size is 4 (US) and her shoe size is 9 (US).

Social Media

Liya is active on social sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, she has around 811K followers on her Facebook. Around 54.7K followers on her Twitter, she has around 248K followers on her Instagram.

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