Monday, September 13, 2010

Model Behaviour

Ethiopia is a beautiful country with vast plains and the bluest cloudless skies. During my World Vision trip there last year, I saw the most gorgeous faces. The children simply have the sharpest features and the most captivating eyes.

One of my favourite models, Liya Kebede is from this east African country. Her looks eminate beauty, grace and gentle strength.

Scouted by a French modelling agency, Liya moved to Paris at 18, then to New York. A year later, her star shot bright white when Gucci offered an exclusive contract for its Fall/Winter 2000 fashion show. Ordained by the maestro Tom Ford himself. Ad campaigns after ad campaigns followed. In 2007, Liya made history by banking a multi-million dollar contract with Estee Lauder as the first woman of colour to represent this cosmetic giant.

Fat cheques and flashlights do not blind this beauty. Besides being appointed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in 2005, Liya went on to further fight the plight of her home country by setting up The Liya Kebede Foundation, whose mission is to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality in Ethiopia and around the world.

Liya worked with Bill and Melinda Gates on "Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health." as part of their Living Proof Project. Watch the video here.

She not only walks the talk, this lady walks hard! On top of all that, she further stepped up her commitment by setting up a social enterprise called Lemlem that provides job opportunities and promotes Ethiopian weaving.

Inspirational. Tiffany, I think you put it just right.

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