Liya Kebede is a perfect example of women being able to do it all. She is a model, a mother, an actress, a wife, a clothing designer, an advocate for maternal health and so much more.

The Ethiopian beauty got her start when Tom Ford gave her an exclusive contract for Gucci’s Fall 2000 show. She then appeared on the cover of Vogue Paris for its May 2002 issue, as well as the whole issue being dedicated to her. Since then she has been seen on the covers of Vogue España, Vogue Italia, Vogue Nippon, US Vogue, i-D, Essence and many more. Liya has starred in a number of advertising campaigns including Gap, Victoria’s Secret, Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and the list goes on. Long before Joan Smalls, she paved the way as the face of Estée Lauder in 2003.

Lemlem is Liya’s clothing line which features clothing for both women and children with the aim to preserve Ethiopia’s weaving tradition as well as giving work to local artisans. She founded her own charity, the Liya Kebede Foundation in order to reduce the maternal, newborn and child mortality rates in Ethiopia as well as in all countries around the globe. The foundation provides medical and training programs, education in the community and technology to raise awareness. In her role as actress, Liya starred in Desert Flower, the film adaptation of former supermodel Waris Dirie’s autobiography.

Liya shows us that a woman can be all things without ever having to sacrifice her grace and integrity. She is a complete inspiration and is beautiful inside and out. Her fashion sense is also something of note and she is seen out and about in high-fashion looks that evoke complete sophistication. She looks equally as great in a ballgown and sky-high pumps as she does in jeans and a fedora. Truly a great rolemodel for women today and we cannot wait to see what projects she has in store for the future.

Scroll through to see some of our favorite looks.

What do you think of Liya Kebede and her style?

-Faith Cummings

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