Liya Kebede is an Ethiopian-born model, maternal health advocate, clothing designer, and actress. She began working as a maternal health advocate first as a Goodwill Ambassador with the World Health Organization from 2005-2011 and later through her own foundation.
When selecting our talented women for our Moments in Light celebration Liya was an obvious choice. In 2005, she founded The Liya Kebede Foundation which raises awareness and support for actions to improve maternal health education and training so that more women can access life-saving maternity care during pregnancy and childbirth.
The stunning model Liya Kebede was shot by the Moments in Light curator and photographer Mary McCartney in London who showcased Liya's warmth and femininity.
“My ultimate inspiration is the modern woman.”
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A MODEL AND AN ACTRESS? HOW DID YOU ACHIEVE SUCCESS?
Modelling as well as acting have always been a dream of mine, ever since I was a child. I am so happy that I am now able to enjoy both of them.
WHAT OR WHOM WOULD YOU SAY HAS INSPIRED YOU MOST?
Honestly, right now I find myself inspired by all women. For me, I would say that my ultimate inspiration is really the modern woman, the multitasking woman.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER TO YOUNG WOMEN STARTING THEIR CAREERS?
For young women starting their careers, I would tell them that the most important thing is to have passion and to not let yourself be discouraged by anything.
AT DE BEERS WE ARE CONSTANTLY LOOKING FOR NEW SOURCES OF INSPIRATION. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO BE A PART OF THE MOMENTS IN LIGHT PROJECT SUPPORTING WOMEN FOR WOMEN?
I am truly honoured to be among all the other women in this amazing project, they are all women to be inspired by.
WHAT IS YOUR MOMENT IN LIGHT – A MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER OR LIFE THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
I think that it would be being a mother to my children. From seeing them for the very first time, to being able to watch them growing up, that is my Moment in Light.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN 10 YEARS’ TIME?
Truthfully, I do not really plan that far ahead, but I do love everything that I am doing right now so hopefully more of this.