Supermodel Liya Kebede has been named the new face of L’Oreal Paris. The 33 year old mother of two is the newest global ambassador for L’Oreal Paris working alongside Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Gwen Stefani.
Liya was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and is currently represented by IMG Models. The supermodel’s big break came in 2000 when designer Tom Ford booked her for the Gucci show, and she quickly became a huge star on the international fashion scene. In 2003 she was the first woman of color to be signed to a cosmetics contract with Estee Lauder. Since 2005 she has worked with WHO, the World Health Organization’s Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
“Liya is a very strong, inspiring, and courageous woman, with an extremely refined and enchanting beauty. Her generous commitment to the cause of women’s wellbeing is also remarkable,” says Cyril Chapuy, Global Brand President of L’Oreal Paris.
“It is important for me that I represent a brand that reflects my personality. I’m pleased to play a part in sharing the uniqueness, the charisma, and the incredible stories of women of all origins and from all regions of the world,” says Kebede.