Style + Substance: Liya Kebede

I first met Liya Kebede back in 2000 when she was starting out in Paris, modeling for Tom Ford at Gucci and Saint Laurent. Liya always impressed me with her intelligence and poise. At the time she was balancing a new family and a demanding career, all with incredible ease and grace. We later worked together on the cover of the first issue of Time Style & Design. It didn’t surprise me when Liya was named a WHO Goodwill Ambassador to Maternal Health and simultaneously started her own foundation and a line of beautiful clothes woven by artisans in her native Ethiopia. Most recently she has partnered with Monique Péan to create a capsule collection of jewelry inspired by geometric interpretations of the shape of the African continent. Necklaces and rings are made of recycled 18-karat gold, conflict-free diamonds, fossilized walrus ivory, and one-of-a-kind sustainable blue sapphire. The proceeds of sales will go to Liya’s foundation, which supports maternal, newborn, and child healthcare globally. www.moniquepean.com

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