Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Liya Kebede was scouted by a film director when studying at the French Lycee. She waited to finish school before moving to Paris where she was signed to a local agency. Her big break came when Tom Ford booked her exclusively for his Gucci A/W 2000 show, and in 2003 Liya made history as the first black model to represent cosmetic giant Estee Lauder. Liya posed radiant with a big baby bump on the cover of ‘The Name Issue’ (September 2005), on the cover of the ‘The Iconic Issue’ (September 2003) and most recently underneath a mass of hair on the cover of ‘The Define Yourself Issue’ (Fall 2010). Liya has fronted campaigns including Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin and Dolce & Gabbana, and appeared in films Lord of War, The Good Shepherd and Desert Flower, winning the Chopard Female Revelation of the Year Award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Liya is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Health Organisation and has established The Liya Kebede Foundation, working towards reducing mother and child mortality. She currently lives in New York with her husband Kassy and their children.