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Liya Kebede on Keeping Modeling Interesting

Liya Kebede's Secret to Keeping Modeling Interesting


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Liya Kebede says having a more active role in her modeling work is what's kept her interested and fresh after over a decade in the industry.

Kebede, who recently starred in an editorial in T Magazine's Fall 2012 women's style issue, said she feels more engaged in her work now than she has in the past — and working with people like Cass Bird, who shot the pictures for T, helps.

"Working with people I haven't worked with before is always exciting, because I've done modeling for so long," Kebede says. "I feel like all the pictures that I do now are more collaborative than they used to be before, which I really like — having an input in stuff. And so it's more of a team effort, and so I enjoy it, in a way, more."

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The model also runs a clothing line called Lemlem that she founded to help employ weavers in her native Ethiopia, and she also runs a foundation dedicated to the health of mothers and children in third-world countries. Where does she find time to manage it all that and model for everyone from Balenciaga to H&M?

"I think you just kind of do it," Kebede says. "I don't think I have a very perfect organized plan about it. I kind of do what needs to be done in whatever order it has to be done, kind of thing. It's quite chaotic, but it's nice. I like it."

Source: T Magazine

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