Liya Kebede’s lemlem


LIYA KEBEDE is a phenomenal woman, not because she was the first black model to land a major contract with Estee Lauder and not because she has gracefully navigated catwalks for major designers around the world, but more because Liya has channeled her experiences into being a substantive voice for women and children. In other words, you can admire her because she is beautiful, but respect her more because she is making a difference in the lives of others.

Through her foundation and as Goodwill Ambassador for the UN’s World Health Organization, Liya advocates on behalf of women’s and children’s health in developing nations. In celebration of her home country, Liya launched lemlem in 2007 to showcase the art of traditional weavers in Ethiopia who no longer had a market for their goods. 

lemlem which means “to flourish” in Amharic, is a collection of mostly handmade clothing and accessories for women and children and is sold at distinguished retailers around the world.

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