Liya Kebede - Honorees - The Gordon Parks Foundation

Ethiopian fashion model and advocate for maternal, newborn and child health, Liya Kebede is a supermodel and mother who was featured on the cover of American Vogue for the second time in May 2005, with the headline “Cover Model With a Cause.” Her Liya Kebede Foundation helps reduce mother and child mortality through work with governmental and non-governmental organizations. The Foundation aims to increase awareness and visibility of cost-effective, evidence-based interventions which are extremely effective in improving the health and survival of mothers and children. Liya’s children’s clothing line, Lemlem, features products hand-woven in Ethiopia that are intended to help build the Ethiopian manufacturing industry, inspire economic independence, and preserve the art of weaving.



"Gordon Parks made an impact even on the other side of the world."