Liya Kebede is a Pisces model and maternal health advocate who has appeared on the cover of American Vogue on three separate occasions. She has also served as the WHO’s Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 1, 1978, Kebede was discovered while modeling in a local coffee shop at the age of 18. She quickly rose to international prominence, gracing the covers of magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. In addition to her successful modeling career, Kebede is also a passionate advocate for maternal health care, serving as the WHO’s Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. In this role, she has worked to raise awareness of the importance of maternal health care and to improve access to care for women and children around the world.