Ethiopian born supermodel Lia Kebede is named one of the 100 most influential people of the world
April 30 2010
I first met Liya Kebede about 10 years ago in Paris. I was casting models for a show, and Liya came in. She looked me in the eyes, and I was quite literally stunned. Liya, 32, projects an aura of goodness and calm that outshines even her extraordinary physical beauty. Later in the day, when trying to remember what she looked like, I could only remember her eyes.
I have had the good fortune of coming to know Liya well over the past decade, and I am happy to say that my first impression of her was accurate. I was therefore not surprised when I heard that she had been appointed the World Health Organization's Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in 2005. Or that she had founded the Liya Kebede Foundation with a similar mission. This year, in recognition of her work in this field, the World Economic Forum named her a Young Global Leader.